Saint Mary’s faculty and students reflected on last summer’s Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Women’s Leadership for international undergraduate women during an informational panel Wednesday evening in the Warner Conference Room of the Student Center. Elaine Meyer-Lee, director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership, recalled the SUSI application process and the joy of hearing the College had been accepted. “We thought it was a very perfect fit with some Saint Mary’s strengths so we decided, let’s give it a try,” Meyer-Lee said. “We pulled it all together and we were selected to host the [program] we had applied for, which was to bring four women each from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Myanmar and Mongolia.” Meyer-Lee noted that most of these countries had been in a great transition during the time the program was beginning. “They were clearly identifying countries that were at sort of transformative points,” Meyer-Lee said. “There is a lot of literature out there about how important women’s leadership is and social change and they wanted to create this opportunity.” Once selected for the Institute, the College built in a role for Saint Mary’s students within the program. “We included the students originally as participants, then changed it to a mentor and participant role,” Meyer-Lee said. “We brought on 10 students to do this and they participated side-by-side with the [international] students; they lived in the dorm with them, and they went through all of the classes and communal activities for a very intense five weeks.” Meyer-Lee said students spent the first four weeks on the Saint Mary’s campus, where they were able to travel to local areas. The final week was spent traveling to the East Coast where the students were able to visit Niagara Falls, upstate New York, Boston, New York City and Washington. Meyer-Lee then introduced senior Ambreen Ahmad, a student who participated in the program last summer. Ahmad lived in a quad in Regina Hall with three participants, all from different countries including Mongolia, Myanmar and Tunisia. “This summer was a really great experience. This is definitely a great experience for anyone who is interested in political science, business, communication and social justice because it really allows you to learn and communicate with people from all around the world,” Ahmad said. “I actually learned a lot from the perspective of these girls, who are really accomplished and are only our age.” Ahmad noted how inspiring and interesting the program was for her because it allowed her to see the perspective of the young women from different countries aside from everything our society learns from the media. “It really helps in establishing and enhancing intercultural relationships because, no matter what you end up doing in your life, everything is so much more of global context and it really helps for you to learn to communicate with people who have different backgrounds,” she said. “Being able to build bridges between [the differences] is a great thing.” Ahmad added that she, along with the other students and participants from the program keep in contact through Facebook. “Almost every day someone is posting something on it,” she said. “Learning from these women what is happening in their respective countries really gives us a firsthand account from them. I think just having a connection with people from [different countries] makes you learn more about it that you may have never done on your own.” For Ahmad, living with the participants and getting to know them on a more personal level was the best outcome she received from the experience, she said. “Living in a quad gave me the most roommates I ever had,” she said. “To me, living with them was the greatest part of it. That gave me the opportunity to hear their perspective on Americans and in some ways debunk them. Being that firsthand person to explain Americans to them was really good.”
The thought of teenage drivers strikes fear into the hearts of parents everywhere. The dangers of talking on the cell phone or texting while driving adds even more worry.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has created a program to address the fears of parents while preparing teenagers with the skills they need to drive safely. The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute’s Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error (P.R.I.D.E.) program has more than 200 instructors teaching classes for both parents and teenagers throughout the state.“P.R.I.D.E. helps parents learn what they need to do to help their teen drivers meet the state’s licensing requirements and become safer drivers,” said Frankie Jones, director of the GTPI.P.R.I.D.E. is a two-hour program that focuses on driver attitude, knowledge and behavior. It addresses seat belt use, crash dynamics, Georgia’s teen driving laws, parental influence and peer pressure. “One of the things that makes P.R.I.D.E. special is that it is the only program in the state that requires a parent or guardian to attend with the teenager,” Jones said. “Research shows that teen drivers who have parents involved in the driving process are less likely to be involved in a crash.”Kim Martinek, a resident of Roswell, Ga., hopes that her involvement in her daughter’s driving education will have lasting positive effects on her driving ability. Martinek, whose daughter, Alyssa, just passed her driving test and received her driver’s license, has all of the typical fears of parents of soon-to-be-drivers. “I am mainly nervous because of all the possible distractions in the car, like the radio and her friends,” Martinek said. “I also worry about the distractions her phone can cause and whether she will be able to focus on the road like she needs to.”Dana Porter, the P.R.I.D.E. program coordinator, agreed that a teenager’s phone poses special hazards to driving, especially texting while driving. Another problem the P.R.I.D.E. instructors noted is a limited understanding of Georgia’s laws by both parents and their teenagers. “Parents and teens just don’t fully understand the laws,” Porter said. “They might know a little bit, like the curfew requirement, but many do not know the passenger restrictions and other important laws that our program addresses.”“For instance, many parents and teens are aware that teen drivers are not allowed to have any passengers who are not immediate family during the first six months,” she said. “However, many people do not know that during the second six months, only one non-immediate family passenger is allowed, and after 12 months, only three non-family passengers are allowed.”She noted that after school lets out there are often cars packed with teens. If an SUV is loaded up with teenagers and a teenager is driving, “then they are violating the law,” she said.Besides a lack of knowledge about traffic laws, Jones added that many parents of soon-to-be drivers make common mistakes like not giving the teen their full attention on the road and not talking about all the costs involved in driving. “I’m not just talking about the monetary costs of things like insurance and gas,” she said, “but the costs of injuries and fatalities that also impact quality of life of all involved.”Jones noted that many parents don’t take their children out driving as often as they should. Although 40 hours is the minimum requirement for teens to get their license, “the more supervised practice a teen has, the safer he or she is behind the wheel,” she said.Martinek took her daughter driving as often as possible, and she was diligent in exposing Alyssa to different driving conditions, ranging from rain and snow to rush-hour traffic. “I also think it’s good for the parent to get in the car with their child after they get their license, just to check up on their driver ability,” Martinek said. “You can sometimes forget things after the test.”Although Martinek cannot help but worry when Alyssa is late getting home, she admitted that she is “more excited than nervous overall now that Alyssa can drive. She can take herself to places now.”“In terms of the value of the program, our evaluations indicate that we are definitely altering driving attitudes and behaviors for both parents and teens,” Jones said. “We are saving lives and reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities. One child who loses his or her life is one child too many.”Since the program started in 2003, approximately 9,000 teens, accompanied by at least one parent or guardian, have participated in P.R.I.D.E. There is no charge to participate in P.R.I.D.E., which is funded by grant support and operated by volunteer instructors.For more information about P.R.I.D.E., including classes in your area, go to www.ridesafegeorgia.org.
To improve your odds of success in the future, find a stupid rule at your credit union and kill it, advises author and futurist Lisa Bodell. In other words, seek out what doesn’t work, eliminate it, and focus on innovation.Too many organizations approach innovation by “adding more,” she says.“We need to get rid of the things that aren’t working to create more space for change to happen. People’s plates are full—but not necessarily with stuff that’s of value. So we need leaders to not just give people permission to be more innovative, but permission to get rid of work so they can create the space for this innovative future to happen.”A common response to Bodell’s call to kill a stupid rule is, “we’re regulated and we can’t kill rules.” But she’s referring to the “everyday assumptions” people follow simply by habit that waste time, such as, why do we need paper reports? Why are there three levels of decision-making for this action? continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
As they point out from HUP, they advocated the introduction of a more liberal model that does not know quotas, and which could employ workers from abroad depending on the current needs of a particular company, ie employer. The current quota system did not meet the requirements of the modern age, it was outdated and too slow for the needs of a modern and dynamic labor market. But the question is to discuss how the new Aliens Act will affect the bigger picture, especially in the long run. It is quite clear that the complete liberalization of the market, ie the opening of the labor market to foreigners without any control, will lead to a reduced labor cost, as well as a long-term issue of immigration. What is extremely important, and what migration experts emphasize, is how this will further encourage the emigration of Croats. Especially in the context of tourism, because quality tourism cannot be built on cheap labor and primarily on the import of foreign labor. Of course, there is an important context for raising the quality of our economy, added value, etc.… When amending the Aliens Act, we must not be guided by only one motive – the import of cheap labor, which would have far-reaching negative consequences. The new Aliens Act proposes just such a model, with which HUP agrees, but HUP believes that with the introduction of the quota-free model, the conditions set in the current draft law must be eased, which represent restrictions for employers that the quota system did not have. HUP will continue to communicate requests for simplification of the above conditions to the Government of the Republic of Croatia with the aim of creating the highest quality law by which employers will be able to hire new staff more efficiently and quickly and thus raise their own competitiveness, HUP concludes. Employers gathered in HUP believe that the amendments to the Aliens Act should take into account the simplest possible application of the Act. Positive changes, such as the introduction of a quota-free employment system, must not be compromised by creating a more complicated and rigid model than the previous one, which would prevent employers from hiring new ones, HUP states, and expects the new system model, in case there are no domestic workers on the labor market. Certificate from the Tax Administration as proof that the employer has no debts on the basis of all public benefits (if the employer is only one day late with the payment of VAT, he cannot meet this condition)Implementation of the CES market test – the implementation of this test and the role of the state as an intermediary in employment between employers and workers is unclearComplicated and long-lasting obtaining of student visas for foreign students (eg obligation to physically come to the interview, materials exclusively in Croatian, etc.) Many of the conditions set by the new bill are simply impossible to meet at a time when the employer urgently needs to hire a new workforce, according to HUP, such as: In the end, we all need to be aware of how quality labor costs, there is no compromise, and the problem of labor shortage in tourism is precisely due to poor working conditions and low wages. A short season, an expensive state, etc.… cannot be broken primarily on employees. Obviously we haven’t learned that school yet. As if it is not normal or sustainable to work in tourism for 10-12 hours every day, ie without a day off. Regardless of the month of paid leave at the end of the season. Photo: Pixabay.com
LifestyleRelationships Your Guy Has A Female Best Friend: Are You Okay With It?. by: – May 30, 2011 Share Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 37 Views no discussions by Kim Kuhteubl, www.Single-Woman.TVIt’s the same old question, can men and women really be friends?I once knew a couple who had trouble around the issue of his female best friend. He had been friends with her since they were 15, and the girlfriend was just over a year into her relationship with him. The best friend started to become jealous of his new relationship. The girlfriend was jealous of his friendship but when push came to shove, the guy told his girlfriend he was not willing to give up his female best friend. That is, until he got married.Years later, when the same guy married the girlfriend, and when his now wife got pregnant – and hormone crazed — she made sure his best friend was kicked to the curb. In fact, many of the female friends of said guy that she used to tolerate were replaced with safe couples – myself included.Although it’s pretty sad, I can’t say I blame her.I’m always miffed by married men who have female best friends. Isn’t that who your wife is supposed to be? I think having someone of the opposite sex to lean on – unless it’s a sibling — is an unnecessary temptation and a potential leak of intimacy between partners. My friend J – a man married for almost two decades – says that it’s “a lot of pressure on a relationship for a woman to be everything to a man.” He has many female friends. I don’t know his wife, so I can’t speak to her position on the matter, but maybe that’s why they’ve been married so long; she has space to be who she needs to be?