City-County Observer Announces New Managing Editor

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The City-County Observer announces the appointment of Timothy Justin Phillips as the new managing editor, effective immediately. Over the last several months, Mr. Phillips has been assisting with the revamping of the City-County Observer website while enhancing our social media presence.Timothy is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English/Journalism from Indiana University Southeast. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree at IUS. While at Paoli Senior high school, he was actively involved with the school newspaper and served as the yearbook editor. His college coursework included mass media communications and photojournalism.When not fulfilling his editing responsibilities with the City-County Observer, Timothy spends his leisure time hiking and playing competitive chess.It is common knowledge that the 75 year old publisher of the CCO is posturing to retire soon. Mr. Phillips is being groomed to be his replacement in the very near future. Timothy has shown the ability to manage the complex publishing and marketing challenges that are required to be a competent editor for an online publication.During the next several weeks, we will be introducing Mr. Phillips to the movers and shakers of this community so that they will get an idea of whom they will be working with at the City-County Observer in the future.Finally, we expect that once Timothy gets acclimated to the cultural, political, and social climate of this region, he will take the City-County Observer to the next level of publishing.In closing, Timothy states that he is committed to upholding the mission statement of the City-County Observer by focusing on principals of journalistic integrity. He understands that the role of the media should be to inform and educate our readership. He will serve as the community watchdog by sounding the alarm when citizens’ rights are in danger of being violated by elected and appointed officials.In conclusion, his hiring will ensure that the City-County Observer will maintain its position as this area “True Watchdog” for years to come.last_img read more

A distinctive honor

first_imgAfter nearly 400 years, there aren’t many “firsts” left for Harvard, but last fall students and alumni got to experience one — courtesy of ESPN.For the first time in its storied history, the annual Harvard-Yale football game, otherwise known as only “The Game,” was featured on ESPN’s College GameDay broadcast.To make it happen, staff in Harvard’s Athletics Department not only had to organize the game that’s annually attended by some 40,000 students, staff, faculty, and alumni, they also had to make sure ESPN broadcasters had the support they needed for a broadcast that would be seen by millions. And they had just five days to get it done.Their hard work and dedication was recognized last Thursday, as they — along with dozens of other Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) staff — were honored at the annual Dean’s Distinction Awards ceremony.“Our faculty are able to do the work they do and our students have access to the exceptional educational programs we offer here at Harvard because of the individuals in this room and the incredible work they do,” said Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith. “To all of our honorees today, you are a fantastic portrait of the best of our staff. Our faculty and students are incredibly fortunate to have your ideas, your engagement, and your partnership. You make Harvard stronger. On behalf of the faculty, I extend my sincere thanks to you.”Smith (left) greeted award recipient Angela Lifsey (right) and her colleague, Kim Zweig. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerIn all, 63 FAS employees from 36 departments — representing 2.5 percent of the FAS staff — were recognized at the sixth annual awards ceremony and reception, held in the faculty room of University Hall.Among those recognized were teams who streamlined the system for requesting and approving classroom space, who helped promote and support diversity across all facets of FAS, and who maintained and even increased the number of concentrators in the humanities. Other employees were recognized for taking on additional duties as colleagues departed and for helping smooth transitions as spaces shifted.Dean for Administration and Finance Leslie Kirwan also offered congratulations to the winners.“In so many ways and in so many places, you help make the FAS what it is,” Kirwan told the recipients. “We are here today to celebrate your personal commitment, innovative thinking, and hard work.”Among the athletics staff recognized last week was Imry Halevi, director of multimedia and production, who worked closely with staff from ESPN and NBC on a variety of issues leading up to kickoff.“I think it’s great,” Halevi said of getting the award. “It’s nice to be recognized and to know that other people at the University realize what we do for this game and for all the other games. It’s a big undertaking.”The 2015 Dean’s Distinction recipients are:William Anderson, Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative BiologyChristine Benoit, FAS Finance OfficeLauren Bimmler, Department of EnglishNancy Branco, Department of SociologyRonnie Broadfoot, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative ZoologyLeanne Chaves, Department of African and African American StudiesSarah Cohan, Department of PsychologySusan Cook, Center for African StudiesDiane Cox, FAS Human ResourcesEmelyn de la Peña, Harvard College Office of Student LifeSusan Gilbert, Department of MathematicsAnne Gotfredson, FAS DevelopmentSusan Halpert, Houghton LibraryMike Holmes, Department of Romance Languages and LiteraturesAndrew Laplume, Office of Physical Resources and PlanningMary Magnuson, Harvard College Admissions and Financial AidAndrew Magyar, Center for Nanoscale SystemsMary McCarthy, Department of PhysicsMegan McHugh, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary BiologyMia Metivier, Harvard College Program in General EducationEmily Miller, Harvard College Administrative BoardDenise Moody, FAS Research Administration ServicesAlice Moses, Department of StatisticsGabrielle Naglieri, Division of ScienceDenise Oberdan, Department of Visual and Environmental StudiesKaren Pearce, Office for Faculty AffairsJames Peregrino, Division of Continuing EducationElizabeth Quigley, Institute for Quantitative Social ScienceLauren Raece, Office of Undergraduate EducationTristan Rocher, Harvard Museums of Science and CulturePatricia Rogers, Division of ScienceGreg Roy, HUIT Administrative Technology ServicesFu Tham, Instructional Media ServicesSheila Thomas, Graduate School of Arts and SciencesKatherine Zuccala, Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologyRoomBook Project TeamKatherine Gates, FAS Office of the Dean for Administration and FinanceMichael Kinney, Registrar’s OfficeKaren Ogden, Division of Continuing EducationKatie Phelan, FAS Finance OfficeRichard Schubert, Office of Physical Resources and PlanningBruce Tikofsky, HUIT Administrative Technology ServicesAmy Vest, Harvard College Office of Student LifeCurtis Wilcox, Instructional Media ServicesDiversity CommitteeAnn Marie Acker, FAS Human ResourcesChris Ciotti, FAS Human ResourcesAdriana Gallegos, FAS Human ResourcesAndrea Kelton-Harris, FAS Human ResourcesAngela Lifsey, FAS Human ResourcesBob Mitchell, FAS Office for Diversity Relations and CommunicationsEtaine Smith, FAS Human ResourcesHarvard-Yale Game Day TeamSusan Byrne, Department of AthleticsImry Halevi, Department of AthleticsNicholas Majocha, Department of AthleticsAllison Miller, Department of AthleticsDuane Reeves, Department of AthleticsTimothy Troville, Department of AthleticsAndrew Vatistas, Department of AthleticsTimothy Williamson, Department of AthleticsCaitlyn Young, Department of AthleticsFreshman Dean’s Office Support StaffAbby Cohen, Harvard College Freshman Dean’s OfficeJulie Kligerman, Harvard College Freshman Dean’s OfficeMary Lincoln, Harvard College Freshman Dean’s OfficeTorey Martin, Harvard College Freshman Dean’s Officelast_img read more

National Life of Vermont announces completion of $200 million surplus note offering

first_imgNational Life Insurance Company (National Life) headquartered in Montpelier, Vermont, today announced that it has completed a $200 million surplus note offering.“We are very pleased with the completion of this surplus note offering,” said Mehran Assadi, president and chief executive officer of National Life Group, the parent company of National Life Insurance Company.“The capital raised in this offering will help us finance our current strong sales growth and broaden our options for future growth,” said Assadi.“I believe the success of this sale speaks highly about our financial strength and the confidence of the market in our company,” he said.The National Life note will mature in 2039.About National Life Group – www.nationallife.com(link is external) ~ www.facebook.com/nationallife(link is external)National Life Group®, a Fortune 1000 company, serves more than 850,000 customers. The Group is made up of its flagship company, National Life Insurance Company, founded in Montpelier, Vermont in 1848; Life Insurance Company of the Southwest, Dallas, Texas, and Sentinel Investments, Equity Services, Inc. and National Retirement Plan Advisors, all located in Montpelier.National Life Group® is a trade name representing various affiliates that offer a variety of financial service products.  National Life Insurance Company is licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Life Insurance Company of the Southwest, Dallas, TX is licensed to do business in all states except New York.  Equity Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC, is a Broker/Dealer and Registered Investment Adviser.  Sentinel Investments® is the unifying brand name for Sentinel Financial Services Company, Member FINRA/SIPC, Sentinel Asset Management, Inc., and Sentinel Administrative Services, Inc.  Each company of the group is solely responsible for its own financial condition and contractual obligations.Source: Montpelier, Vermont  (September 24, 2009) – National Life Insurance Company.last_img read more

Women of Troy begin conference play

first_imgAs the USC women’s soccer team opens up Pac-12 play this weekend against Washington, it’ll do so with a discomforting distinction involving defense.High scorer · Junior forward/midfielder Elizabeth Eddy led USC in scoring in 2011, but she has primarily played on the back line this season. – Daily Trojan file photoUSC (3-4-1) is the only team in the Pac-12 not to have shut out an opponent yet this season, having allowed 2.12 goals per game so far  — the worst in the conference by a wide margin. The second worst defensive squad, Washington State, has allowed 1.14 goals per game.“We just need to stop giving goals away,” USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “If we’re lackadaisical defensively and give the ball away, and [opposing] teams are good, they punish you for those types of errors.”Fortunately for the Women of Troy, they will likely have two veteran defenders returning from injuries in senior Kristina Noriega (concussion) and redshirt sophomore Mia Bruno (quad strain)  just as conference play begins.Khosroshahin pointed out that the two would be game-time decisions, and also said that he’s “very, very hopeful” that the pair will be able to play against the Huskies (7-1-1).Freshmen Marlee Carrillo and Erin Owen, who are both taller than 6 feet, have taken most of the starts at the center back positions for the Women of Troy thus far. Junior Elizabeth Eddy, who led USC in scoring last year as a midfielder/forward, has mostly played on the back line this season.“We’re going to have to make some changes in the back,” Khosroshahin said. “The way we’re leaking goals right now, I want some experience back there [on defense].”Things have been looking brighter on the other side of the pitch, as the Women of Troy haven’t been shut out yet this year, either.Junior midfielder Jordan Marada, senior midfielder Samantha Johnson and freshman forward Katie Johnson each have three goals to lead USC in scoring, and Marada tops the squad with four assists.Eddy credits the success on offense to the team’s focus on possessing the ball in their opponent’s defensive third of the field.“We can shoot from outside as well as work it inside,” Eddy said. “We throw a ton of numbers up top and when we’ve got great attacking center midfielders like [Marada], it’s really good for us.”USC is second in the Pac-12 with 19.6 shots per game, but is tied for fifth in goals per game.“Our possession has improved tremendously,” Khosroshahin said. “We just need to improve the quality of our opportunities.”The Women of Troy might be hard-pressed to do that against the Huskies, who have averaged only 0.44 goals allowed per game.Washington goalkeeper Kari Davidson leads the Pac-12 with 5.25 saves per game, helping the Huskies record five shutouts in nine games.“They’re really athletic,” Marada said. “They’ll run at you, so we need to show them what we got and come out as the better team.”Junior midfielder Lindsey Elston acts as the offensive hub for Washington, leading the Huskies with six goals and four assists, which ties her for the Pac-12 lead with 16 points.“They’re a good side — they’re very disciplined, they’re very hardworking,” Khosroshahin said. “It’ll be a real tough match, but we like our chances.”Despite USC’s defensive struggles and the Huskies’ prowess on both sides of the ball, the Women of Troy have some advantages.Washington won its first seven games of the season, but tied Utah State 1-1 and lost to BYU 3-1 in its last two matches.And last season, the Women of Troy didn’t record a shutout through their first 14 games —and ended that streak against Washington in a 1-0 road win.The Women of Troy have defended their home turf against the Huskies, who haven’t won at USC since 2001.USC will try to keep that streak going Friday at 2 p.m. at McAlister Field. The game will be shown on the Pac-12 Network.last_img read more