Western Carolina University Dedicates Newest Residence Hall

first_imgNearly 300 members of the Western Carolina University community came together Thursday, Sept. 5, to dedicate the campus’s newest residence hall in honor of Levern Hamlin Allen, the institution’s first African-American student and a woman characterized by WCU Chancellor Kelli R. Brown as “a quiet pioneer of integration.”The WCU Board of Trustees unanimously decided last September to name the 614-bed residence hall, which opened this fall, after Allen in recognition of her decision to enroll in summer courses in 1957 at what was then Western Carolina College. In addition to being the first African-American student to enroll at WCU, she also was among the first to be admitted to any of North Carolina’s all-white state institutions of higher education.“In doing so, you demonstrated a sense of bravery that I don’t believe many of us can comprehend – being the only student of color at a school in the rural mountains of North Carolina, hundreds of miles away from home,” Brown said to Allen at the dedication ceremony. “And, in doing so, you became a quiet pioneer of integration, helping blaze the trail for thousands of African-American students who would one day follow in your footsteps and enroll at Western Carolina.”Allen often has downplayed the historic nature of her decision to enroll, stating that she was not making a statement, nor was she part of an organized effort on behalf of a civil rights group. “I needed nine hours, so I went,” she said.That fact doesn’t lessen the impact of her choice to enroll, Brown said. “She may be humble about her decision and her actions, but I can tell you that, in life, it’s often the power of simply showing up that can make all the difference in the world,” she said. “The story of Levern Hamlin Allen is a lesson in understanding that true heroism is not always flashy. Most of the time, true bravery is the humble act of presenting yourself at the right place and in the right moment of time. That is the power of Levern Hamlin Allen’s story at Western Carolina University.”Michael Naylor, president of the WCU African-American Alumni Society and a member of the WCU Alumni Association Board of Directors, was a graduate student at WCU pursuing his master’s degree in business administration when he and other members of a group called the Ebony Club began planning for the university’s inaugural African-American alumni reunion in 1987. It was that group’s outreach to Allen that helped revive her relationship with the university, later leading to two terms as a member of the Board of Trustees. She also served on the search committee that recommended John W. Bardo as chancellor in 1995. Eleven years later, Bardo presented her with an honorary doctorate of humane letters on behalf of WCU.“Today, we honor a woman who, in the summer of 1957, during a time of incredible racial turmoil in this nation and especially in the South, took the brave step of enrolling at a small college in the mountains of rural Western North Carolina, hundreds of miles from her home and her family, where she would be the only student of color,” Naylor said at the dedication.“Here we are this morning, 62 years after she first set foot on this campus in Cullowhee, to officially dedicate this new residence hall as Levern Hamlin Allen Hall, a place where a diverse group of more than 600 students will pursue their dreams, just as Dr. Allen did in the summer of 1957,” he said.Representing WCU’s Board of Trustees, board Chairman Bryant Kinney said that Allen’s story resonates with the mission of Western Carolina University – an institution built around meeting the educational needs of the people of the region and the state by creating what WCU’s mission statement refers to as “learning opportunities.”“We are proud to be among the select institutions of distinction that provided you a learning opportunity and that you chose to meet your needs. But Dr. Allen’s story was not one simply about having her educational needs met. As a board, we recognized the tremendous importance of her choice at a time when choices were not always available to everyone,” Kinney said.“But, just like pioneers who grew this nation, Dr. Allen had the courage and commitment to step out and ‘just go.’ For her leadership, others have followed, and this building will house a diverse student population that was only a dream back in 1957,” he said.In her remarks, Allen described an early encounter with Danny Hirt, the young son of Lillian Hirt, the institution’s director of publicity who helped Allen quietly assimilate into the campus community in that summer of 1957.“Danny asked me why my skin was so dark,” Allen said. “While I was struggling to form a professional teacher answer for a 7-year-old, his mother said, ‘Because she is from a different race.’ The matter was settled. Danny went back to playing and Mrs. Hirt and I continued our conversation. I have told that story often because it speaks to the innocence of a child as well as to his environment. The milieu of Western Carolina College in the summer of 1957 was one of acceptance.”Allen said she received a letter a couple of years ago from Danny Hirt, who passed away in January of this year. “In it, he said, ‘Obviously, this was only a question of innocence asked by a youngster who had a natural curiosity about the things around him. Mom made sure that my brother and I understood that while people may look different, we are all children of God and should be respected and embraced,’” she said.Sam Miller, WCU vice chancellor for student affairs, expressed his appreciation to “the small army of planners, designers, contractors, trades specialists, inspectors, team members from WCU departments and many other individuals” who worked on the planning and construction of Allen Hall. Construction on the $48 million, 165,026-square-foot project began in spring 2018.To close the dedication ceremony, university officials presented Allen with a reproduction of her scrapbook that documented her time at WCU, which she had previously donated to Hunter Library Special Collections.Other activities related to the dedication included tours of the residence hall for members of Allen’s family, an African-American Alumni Society reception, and a breakfast conversation involving Allen and student leaders titled “Breaking Barriers and Breaking Bread.”last_img read more

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Detex: Dependable Hardware for Restricted Areas — Booth 722

first_imgDetex puts dependable panic hardware in restricted secure areas—at building entrances, manufacturing facilities, office entrances, and any other area where unauthorized entry must be controlled, and authorized entry must be easy, quick and reliable.If your operation has certain entry doors where access must be limited to one identified entrant at a time, you want to be sure that no one is able to slip through undetected, behind an employee or vendor, during or after hours. Your restricted access system may be giving tailgaters an “enter free” pass. These unauthorized people can enter behind employees or members and cause problems ranging from loss of revenue to serious security issues.You may also need to protect departments inside your facility. Member-only fitness centers, corporate offices or record rooms must be off-limits to those who have no business there, and this hardware prevents unauthorized tailgate entry. The Tailgate Detection System is compatible with most access control technologies, is easy to retrofit, and has an integrated door prop alarm for extra security.- Sponsor – Any or all these components can be combined as a Restricted Access System that meets specific enhanced levels of security in the most sensitive areas of your facility:Advantex Panic Hardware provides delayed egress with latch retraction. Alarm sounds during 15-second delay to alert staff to unauthorized entry before door opens.Access Control permits authorized immediate entry using keypad or card reader. Includes panic unlocking.Our Single Person Entry (Tailgate Detection System) uses infrared sensor beams to identify unauthorized entries and notify staff of the violation. You can select the level of intervention you want, whether it’s an audible alarm or a video record of unauthorized entries. It is compatible with most computer-controlled access systems, is cost efficient and easy to retrofit, and can be used to monitor entry or exit.The Door Prop Alarms alert you to a door that has been deliberately propped open to permit unauthorized entry. They are a low cost, desirable solution to more expensive systems that can be defeated.For more than a century, Detex has earned the trust of millions of property owners to secure and protect their people and property. From the company’s newest innovations in life safety and security door hardware, integrated door security systems, and guard tour verification technologies to our original Watchman’s clocks, Detex, a USA company, designs, manufactures, markets and ships our products from New Braunfels, TX, and is recognized as a best-in-class life safety, security and security assurance manufacturer, worldwide.Learn more about the restricted access system at www.detex.com/tailgate. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Micromax Yu Yureka up for another sale today at 2PM

first_imgMicromax’s Yu Yureka smartphone is up for its 12th flash salestarting at 2 PM IST on Amazon India for the registered users. This timeagain like the past previous sales, the company has not furnished details aboutthe number of units that will be up for the sale.The previous sale held on last Thursday went out of stock in7 seconds while the tenth sale saw 25,000 units of the Yu Yureka smartphonethat were made available go out of stock in seven seconds. Similarly, the ninthsale saw 25,000 Yu Yureka smartphones up for grabs that went out of stock insix seconds.Priced at Rs 8, 999, Micromax Yu Yureka has in store some ofthe impressive specifications.The dual-SIM smartphone features Cat. 4 4G LTE connectivity,and runs Cyanogen OS 11 based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat and sports a 5.5-inch HD(720×1280 pixels) IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3.Powered by a 64-bit 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC(MSM8939), the device has an Adreno 405 GPU, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel SonyExmor CMOS sensor rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture and flash, a front-facing5-megapixel fixed-focus camera. It comes with a 16GB of inbuilt storageexpandable via microSD card (up to 32GB), and a 2500mAh Li-Po battery.last_img read more

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2011 ACT Super League Results

first_imgIn the Men’s division, the Riteway Northern Phoenix came from behind to defeated the Woden Eagles, 7-6. In the Women’s division, nothing separated Canberra City and the Tuggeranong Vikings at full-time in the final, with the game going into a drop-off. The Bears were able to score with four players, taking the title 6-5. In the Under 16’s Mixed division, Canberra City came from behind to defeat the Northern Phoenix 9-8 in the final seconds of the game. To read the full match reports, please visit the Touch Football ACT website:www.acttouch.com.auHighlights from the finals have also been uploaded to the Touch Football Australia YouTube Channel, which can be found by clicking on the following link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

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Touch Footballers Make ‘All Stars’ Teams

first_imgSeveral Touch Footballers have been chosen in the 2013 Women’s All Stars Rugby League team that will take on the Indigenous Women’s All Stars in the curtain-raiser to the 2013 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars match next February. 2011 Australian 20’s Girls representative, Samantha Hammond, 2012 New South Wales Women’s 20’s representative, Emma Tonegato and 2009 Australian 20’s Girls representative, Ali Brigginshaw have all been named in the All Stars team, while 2012 New South Wales Combined High Schools representative, Nakia Davis-Welsh has been named in the Indigenous All Stars team.  The women’s teams will play in the curtain-raiser to the 2013 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars match between Wayne Bennett’s NRL All Stars and Laurie Daley’s Indigenous All Stars on Saturday, 9 February.The Women’s All Stars won the inaugural All Stars clash in 2011, with this year’s game finishing in a draw.Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Samantha, Emma, Ali and Nakia on their selection in the teams and wish them the best of luck for the game. Related LinksAll Stars Selectionlast_img read more

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10 months agoDONE DEAL: Real Madrid swoop for Melilla youngster Mohamed Mizzian

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Real Madrid swoop for Melilla youngster Mohamed Mizzianby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have swooped for Melilla youngster Mohamed Mizzian.The 18 year-old has already passed a Real medical and will formally sign from January 1.His play had dazzled Real Madrid’s coaches and as a reward he’s signed a three-year contract, reports Marca.It’s a transfer that has ben difficult owing to the player’s change of representatives, who were not interested in allowing Mizzian a change of scenery, at least not so suddenly.Mizzian had been tracked by Barcelona and others, but the youngster will officially be unveiled in Madrid during January, and will start off in the youth categories of the club. last_img read more

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Jim Harbaugh Says There Is A “Prejudice” Against Football

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh has become the most-polarizing football coach in America. The Michigan head coach is, of course, beloved by his fan base (and enjoyed by those who cover the sport) but there’s certainly a big part of the population (including many of his colleagues) that dislikes him. Much of that dislike surely stems from his recruiting antics, whether it’s his use of satellite camps or his sleepovers at recruits’ homes. A great day for us and the kids of Baltimore! pic.twitter.com/5zE5eA4xZQ— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 6, 2016At a satellite camp in Baltimore today, Harbaugh was asked if he thinks there are inequities between football and other sports when it comes to the recruiting of young athletes. Harbaugh thinks there are, saying there is a “prejudice” against football. Rod Beard of The Detroit News has the full quote.   #Michigan Jim Harbaugh on inequities between football and other sports: pic.twitter.com/WuoG2jIydw— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) June 6, 2016A better question might be: is Harbaugh truly doing this for the betterment of student-athletes or the betterment of his football program? Or can it be both?last_img read more

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Hudsons Bay agrees to delay deal that would see Rhone Capital buy

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario Securities Commission announced on Friday that Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) has agreed to temporarily postpone a deal that would see private equity firm Rhone Capital buy a sizable stake in the retail giant.U.S. activist investor Land & Buildings Investment Management LLC applied on Monday for the regulator to review the Toronto Stock Exchange’s Nov. 7 decision to provide conditional support to New York-based Rhone’s $632-million equity investment in the form of eight-year mandatory convertible preferred shares.The funding was part of a deal that included the sale of HBC’s Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue building to WeWork Property Advisors for nearly $1.1 billion and to pursue a strategic alliance with WeWork to pursue future real estate transactions.Per the order issued today, the OSC says HBC and Rhone have agreed to not close the transaction before Dec. 4 or the conclusion of the hearing and review of the TSX decision, whichever date is earlier.The owner of Hudson’s Bay, Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor said it expects Rhone will initially hold a 21.8 per cent voting and equity interest in the company on a partially diluted basis and that could grow to 30 per cent if the preferred shares are held to their eight-year maturity.Land & Buildings has urged the retailer to consider a bid for its German operations by Signa Holding and criticized HBC for selling a controlling interest in the company without seeking the approval of minority shareholders.last_img read more

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Changes coming to Albertas liquor laws

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – More changes are coming to Alberta’s liquor laws.Effective immediately, you will be able to take that drink you ordered at the hotel bar to your room or another part of the hotel for an extra fee.As well, bars and restaurants will be allowed to infuse alcohol with fruits, spices and other flavourings and create their own house-aged liquor.“Alberta makes some of the best liquor in the country. But some regulations were constraining restaurants and bars from being creative and limiting Albertans’ enjoyment,” explained Finance Minister Joe Ceci. “That’s why we are bringing in common-sense changes, like being able to take your wine from the hotel bar back to your room. This is in addition to previous changes that allowed for craft beer and liquor to be sold at farmer’s markets and more open patio policies.”Theatregoers and stage stars can now have a celebratory toast after the final curtain within the licensed area of the venue.The province says Alberta’s liquor laws are being updated to keep pace with the evolution happening in the industry.last_img read more

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Call for Facebook CEO to testify at International Grand Committee continues to

first_imgOTTAWA – Bob Zimmer has once again added his name to the growing list of elected representatives worldwide calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to give testimony at The International Grand Committee Meeting on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’. Brazil, Latvia and Singapore have now joined the committee which includes Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Argentina and Ireland. Elected representatives from these eight countries, representing over 393 million residents, will meet on November 27 in London. Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, and Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, says there are still many questions that only the CEO of Facebook can answer. “It is clear from last week’s New York Times article on how Facebook executives handled recent data breaches and misinformation campaigns on their platform that there are still many questions that only Mr. Zuckerberg can answer. These allegations are deeply troubling, and it is vital that we get to the bottom of what happened and what is being done to fix it.” Zimmer hopes that Zuckerberg can do the testimony via video if he is unable to attend the hearing in London.“In the most recent response to our request, Facebook indicated that Mr. Zuckerberg would be unable to travel to London. We hope that by offering the option of giving video testimony, Mr. Zuckerberg will show our countries and the citizens we represent the respect that we deserve and finally accept our request to appear before our committee.”The International Grand Committee Meeting on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’ is set to take place in London on November 27.last_img read more

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