Harvard President Drew Faust faced a tough crowd at the Faculty Club yesterday — tough as in “Don’t mess with these people.”The occasion was the University’s now-traditional fall welcome to military veterans and active-duty service members. More than 300 veterans are Harvard students this year. Others, still active-duty service members, are fellows at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and elsewhere.In the crowd of 100 was at least one Navy Seal, one Air Force-enlisted man who helped to steer drones to targets, and row after row of Army, Navy, and Marine Corps veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There also was a scattering of veterans from other countries, including Great Britain and Australia.“I hope your presence on campus will lead to a greater understanding of what it means to be a soldier and a scholar,” said Faust, whose own family has seen four generations of military service.“I hope your presence on campus will lead to a greater understanding of what it means to be a soldier and a scholar,” said President Drew Faust.A historian of the Civil War, she alluded to Harvard’s military and militia past, which extends all the way back to the early frontier wars of the 17th century. Faust also mentioned two reminders of that early military past that she experiences daily. Her residence (Elmwood) and her office (in Massachusetts Hall) were both used as hospitals during the Revolutionary War.At Harvard, reminders of a martial past are everywhere. The Faculty Club is across the street from where breastworks were erected to stave off a British attack in 1775. (The assault never came.) It is a fast walk from University Hall, where muskets for student drill clubs were stored during the War of 1812. And it’s close to Boylston Hall, where Harvard’s first Union volunteers lined up for service in the Civil War.The Faculty Club is also just across the street from Loeb House, where during World War II new candidate officers earned $50 a month in the V-12 Navy College Training Program. Loeb House was the venue yesterday for a barbeque dinner after the event.Faust praised the veterans for their service and noted the new presence this fall of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps classes on campus — the first in 41 years. “We will continue to cultivate a campus environment,” she said, “in which military service is regarded as public service.”HKS Dean David Ellwood introduced an afternoon panel by praising the military as a font of leadership skills. “We are very, very hungry for enlightened public leadership,” he said of the country at large. “Leaders are chosen as if people’s lives depended on them — and of course, they do.”Meghan O’Sullivan (from left), Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, was the moderator of a panel that included Harry R. Lewis, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science; Linda Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy; Tad Oelstrom, director, National Security Program at HKS; Peter Brooks ’06, Marine Corps veteran and current graduate student; and Navy Capt. Steven Benke, director of Naval ROTC.Harvard is a collage of students from other countries, more than 90 at HKS alone, and many students have never met or talked to a member of the military services, said Ellwood. “This is another chance for you to lead.” He echoed Faust’s suggestion to those assembled to “share your stories.”Panel moderator Meghan L. O’Sullivan, though not a veteran, spent two of the past eight years in Iraq. She was deputy national security adviser in the administration of President George W. Bush, and is now the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at HKS.Panelist Harry R. Lewis, the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science, is not strictly speaking a veteran either. But he was in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a uniformed branch of service. “Most of Harvard is a very open place,” the former dean of Harvard College told the newcomers. “You should walk around.”Tad Oelstrom, director of the National Security Program at HKS and a 35-year Air Force veteran who retired as a lieutenant general, shifted from praise to practicality. Be exemplars of military values, he said, including honesty, character, service, and moral behavior. “The Harvard community of veterans needs to be more than folks who touch base as students.”Oelstrom also advised veterans to reach out, especially to those from countries where the military “only represents fear.” Having veterans and military service members on campus “is really important to Harvard.”Navy Capt. Steven M. Benke, the only uniformed panelist and a visiting professor of naval science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), commands the NROTC’s MIT-based Old Ironsides Battalion, which has 150 students from the Boston area, 15 of them at Harvard. (The total ROTC enrollment at Harvard is 29.) Mentor these young officer candidates, he suggested: “Share your experiences, good and bad.”That struck a chord with panelist Peter Brooks, a 2006 Harvard College graduate and a two-tour Marine veteran of Iraq. “The debate [over ROTC] was raging when I was here,” he said, and that made him, as a young midshipman, hungry for advice. “When I was an undergraduate,” he said, “I would basically chase down anyone with a short haircut and a military T-shirt.”Brooks is now an M.B.A.-M.P.P. joint degree candidate at Harvard Business School (HBS) and at HKS. His advice is to find other veterans. “School can be a lonely place, especially after being part of a unit,” he said. “We need to take care of each other.”Panelist Linda J. Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS, is one of the foremost authorities on the cost of war. At work on a history of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, she is also pursuing research on women veterans and the transition from military to civilian life.A military background gives you an experiential leg up on attractive research projects, said Bilmes, and Harvard is a rich opportunity to learn how to employ data better. Meanwhile, she said, “You are ambassadors of the military here.”There will be times when talking to students with different views is challenging, said Bilmes, who advocated cultivating nonmilitary friends. “There’s a wonderful thing that helps you do this. It’s spelled b-e-e-r.” Everyone applauded.
Where can you train a tiny termite circus, see a white peacock, dig for “fossils” and watch giant pandas munch on bamboo? At Zoo Atlanta during the annual A to Z: Agriculture at the Zoo event.This event is the result of a partnership between the zoo and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. This year’s event will be April 13 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is free with admission to the zoo.”The purpose of the event is to introduce Georgia agriculture to urban Georgia children and their parents,” said Faith Peppers, a UGA CAES news editor and organizer of the event.More Than Life on the Farm”Most people think of life on a farm when they think of agriculture,” Peppers said. “They don’t realize that agriculture includes so much more and touches their lives every day, whether they live in Tifton or Marietta.”Besides Zoo Atlanta’s attractions, visitors on April 13 will see agricultural exhibits presented by UGA scientists and many other representatives of Georgia agriculture.UGA entomologists will talk about urban pests like fire ants, roaches and termites. Adults will learn about the latest control methods while kids marvel at how easy it is to train termites to follow an ink trail.Drink of the Day: MilkThe drink of the day will be, of course, milk. Free milk samples will be available, and visitors can don a milk mustache for their own “Got milk?” photograph.Other exhibits will include information on urban gardening, protecting water sources, creating a backyard wildlife habitat, diagnosing plant diseases and much more.Clovers & Company, Georgia 4-H’s renowned performers, will be on hand to entertain. So will Al Culbreath, a banjoist and UGA researcher.The event is once again sponsored by the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association and the Georgia Milk Producers. For tickets, see your county Extension office or Zoo Atlanta’s Web site. Or buy your tickets at the Zoo Atlanta ticket gate.
The Pension Insurance Corporation, a specialist insurer of defined benefit pension funds, has invested £250m in debt issued by the City of London Corporation for an ambitious programme of major projects designed to benefit the Square Mile, London and the UK.The projects include the proposed relocation and development of three of the city’s historic wholesale food markets – Billingsgate (fish), Smithfield (meat) and New Spitalfields (fruit, veg and flower) markets – to a former power station site in Barking and Dagenham. It would also help fund the Museum of London’s relocation to West Smithfield.PIC was awarded the largest share of the £450m transaction, reflecting the firm’s reputation as a significant investor in social infrastructure. The proceeds will refinance a £125m bridge loan used to acquire the Barking site, as well as preparing the site for development.The investment will not be drawn down by the City Corporation until 2021, locking in borrowing costs. The transaction was jointly arranged by Lloyds Bank and Santander. Jeremy Mayhew, chair of the finance committee at the City of London Corporation, said: “We are pleased to have secured this funding from PIC. The team showed great flexibility and knowledge in structuring this investment so that it meets our need to draw down the funds this year and in 2021.”Allen Twyning, head of debt origination at PIC, added that this type of long-dated investment provides a “good match for PIC’s long-term liabilities with a tailored maturity profile”.Stephen Valvona, director of private placements at Lloyds Bank, said: “This is an important financing which demonstrates strong investor interest and confidence in the City of London.”The transaction reflects the flexibility of the private placement market, enabling the City of London to achieve a broad spread of maturities from 25-45 years, attract a mix of delays to funding to suit their requirements, and secure favourable long-term pricing, he said.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisHARRISVILLE, Mich. — Throughout the district, procedures for Alcona Schools will be broken up by grade levels. Kindergarten through 5th grade will be in person with the students only dealing with the same teacher and classmates each day.Grades 6th through 8th will have a similar situation, however each grade will have two teachers. Both will specialize in their own subjects and swap throughout the day. This will eliminate the need for students to switch classrooms. “We’ve been able to use large spaces in our middle school,” said Superintendent Dan O’Connor. “Double classrooms, extended science labs, older computer labs that are much larger to be able to guarantee the distancing, and again those students would stay in one spot and the teachers would come to them.”For high school students, all work will be done online. To accommodate students without a readily available internet connection, 9th through 12th grade students will be allowed to visit the school to do their work. “We’re just going to utilize our auditorium, cafeteria, and gymnasium to let them have access to the online classes and be here all day, maybe get counseling or other support from teachers and staff during the school day, and then they can essentially log into their classes while they’re here,” said O’Connor.In the event of a COVID-19 case appearing in the district, O’Connor said they’ll be working with District Health Department No. 2 to determine the best course of action. “Until we navigate that situation, and I think each is evaluated individually, we would lean on our local health officials to make the recommendation in terms of what severity the school would be shut down and how long.”Currently, Alcona schools will begin classes on Aug. 31, but there is a strong possibility the school board will vote tonight to delay the reopening by one week.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alcona Community Schools, District Health Department #2Continue ReadingPrevious Library begins new chapter at temporary locationNext AHS receives new anatomage table