OC president honored as Citizen of the Year

first_img Registration set for engineering camp Twitter Home Local News Education OC president honored as Citizen of the Year Twitter OCA top 2 were ESL students By admin – February 2, 2018 Pinterest Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Odessa College President Gregory Williams speaks about being named the citizen of the year from Odessa Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon Thursday at Odessa Country Club. In 2017 Odessa College was named an Aspen Institute Top 10 Community College and went on to win the 2017 Star Award for Community College Excellence from the Aspen Institute. Odessa College also won the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Boards’ 2017 Star Award for the program presentation Eight Week Terms: A Pathway to 60x30TX. Noel earns award Odessa Chamber of Commerce.Odessa College. Previous articleSounds yummy! Chocolate for a good causeNext articleCHAREN: The conspiracy mindset in American politics admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Some 400 leaders from business, education, the city and the community turned out to honor Odessa College President Gregory Williams as the Odessa Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year at the Odessa Country Club Thursday.Williams has served as OC president since January 2007. He had been a student at the college in 1983. He earned three degrees from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in psychology with a certification to teach psychology, history and learning disabled students, information from the chamber said.This was followed by two master’s degrees in education mid-management and psychology. He received a doctorate in higher education administration from Baylor University.Among many accomplishments since becoming president, Williams has seen a successful 2010 bond election that allowed the college to launch Vision 2015, a $78 million campus-wide building and renovation program.In 2017, the college won numerous awards, including being named an Aspen Institute Top 10 community college and the Rising Star Award for Community College Excellence, also from the Aspen Institute. The college also garnered the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 2017 Star Award for its eight-week terms.In 2016, it was named the first AVID demonstration site in higher education in the country, the information said.“I’m honored and I’m proud,” Williams said in an interview before the luncheon. “It’s an acknowledgement, I think, of the work that we’re doing. For me it’s always about the work. It’s about the students. It’s about the community. It’s about us moving forward. We know that there’s a lot more that needs to be done and I’m proud to be a part of that, but also tremendously proud to be a representative of Odessa College and all the wonderful work that those people are doing.”Additionally, during his remarks later, Williams said he would talk about everyone coming together as a community.“It’s about education. It’s about supporting each other. It’s about acknowledging our board and the work that they’re doing and the work that other boards and entities are doing and we need all of us to pull together if we’re going to have success and I’m all about the work,” Williams said.Odessa College Board of Trustees President Royce Bodiford said it was great that Williams was receiving the Citizen of the Year recognition. He added that he wants to encourage Williams to continue to advance and for OC to become the No. 1 community college in the country.“He well deserves this award for all the work he’s done for the community through Odessa College. His leadership has been outstanding over these (11) years that he’s been there,” Bodiford said.Craig Van Amburgh, president of CVA Advertising and Marketing and a past chairman of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, said he was asked to serve as emcee of the luncheon by Williams.This is the 60th year the award has been given.“I personally think they couldn’t have picked a better choice,” Van Amburgh said. “Dr. Williams has come into this market again and done an incredible job bringing Odessa College up to the level that it’s at. It’s gotten local, regional, national attention for the innovative things that he’s doing.”“… Greg is a really inspirational person, not only for Odessa College but with everybody that knows him. You’re inspired by him because he’s a go-getter. He loves life and he makes things happen,” Van Amburgh added.More Information Local NewsEducation OC president honored as Citizen of the Year Summer Spaghetti SaladCreamy Fruit SaladTexas Fried ChickenPowered By 10 Sec Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole NextStay Facebooklast_img read more

Spice rack: Vanilla

first_imgVanilla beans are long pods of a tropical orchid plant, which is native to Mexico but is also grown, among other places, in the Indian Ocean islands of Madagascar, Comoros and Réunion.The pods can be cut in half lengthways and the black sticky seeds scraped out on the tip of a knife. These seeds can be added to other ingredients to make biscuits, cakes, custard tarts and other sweet pastry deserts. This is an expensive way to use vanilla, even though the pods can be used a few times before finally being put into containers of sugar to impart the last of their flavour. More commonly, vanilla extract is used. It takes six months to obtain pure vanilla extract from the beans and the extract is 35% alcohol by volume. The flavour is far superior to vanilla essence or flavouring which is derived from phenol.Why not make a berry and almond traybake, adding vanilla extract to a sponge mixture and spreading two-thirds into the base of a tin. Sprinkle the berries – for example, raspberries or blackberries – over the top and cover with more sponge mixture, then scatter flaked almonds on top. Once baked, cover with glâcé icing that has had a little vanilla extract added.Fiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from Leiths School of Food and Winelast_img read more

Raiders’ Johnathan Abram out for the season with shoulder injury

first_imgALAMEDA — The rookie season of safety Johnathan Abram is over after just one game.Abram was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a shoulder injury sustained in the Raiders’ season opening win over the Denver Broncos. He will require surgery for a torn rotator cuff and labrum, and although eligible to return to the roster, coach Jon Gruden expects him to miss the entire season.“It’s a big loss,” Gruden said. “No question it’s a big loss. Fortunately for us we kept five safeties, five …last_img

Kentridge: master of his craft

first_img7 July 2003William Kentridge is not only South Africa’s best-known artist, he is also regarded as an artist of great importance internationally, with galleries around the world queuing up to exhibit his works.With one exhibition, theatrical production or multi-media collaboration after another, his creativity seems unstoppable. Though he tends to use one specific technique, his trademark charcoal drawings, Kentridge continues to explore diverse media – from etchings, lithographs and silk screens to animated film, theatre with puppetry, opera and video – as vehicles for expression.He is best known for his animated films in charcoal drawings and his multi-media theatrical productions, like Faustus in Africa and Ubu and the Truth Commission, which he created in collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company, using puppets, live actors and animation.His works have a breathtaking power and boldness, compelling the viewer to take notice and interact with them. Kenneth Baker from the San Franscisco Chronicle had the following to say: “People tend never to forget where and when they first encountered the art of South African William Kentridge, such is its power.” And Guardian art critic Adrian Searle described his work as “so arresting, so unexpected and so unplaceable that it is truly refreshing”.Johannesburg is still homeThough a global player in the art world, Kentridge’s inspiration remains Johannesburg, where he lives with his wife and three children. His works are profoundly political, but Kentridge steers away from the label of “political commentator”. Neither, he says, are his works expressions of “white guilt”, as some critics have argued.“I have never tried to make illustrations of apartheid, but the drawings and films are certainly spawned by and feed off the brutalised society left in its wake”, he said in an interview. “I am interested in a political art, that is to say an art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures, and certain endings; an art (and a politics) in which optimism is kept in check and nihilism at bay.”Kentridge, who was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, is the son of Felicia Geffen and respected QC, Sir Sydney Kentridge, who was involved in several historically and politically important law cases in South Africa. He is one of four children.Kentridge studied a BA in Politics and African Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1973 – 76. For the next two years he studied art at the Johannesburg Art Foundation. From 1981 – 82 he studied mime and theatre at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He was a founder member of the Free Filmmakers Cooperative, and served as a member of the Junction Avenue Theatre Company from 1975 – 1991.Exhibitions around the worldKentridge has exhibited his works – both in solo and group exhibitions – at many prestigious galleries and museums around the world, including the Museums of Modern Art in Oxford and New York, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego and Documenta X1 in Kassel, Germany.Several of his exhibitions have toured major cities around the world, including Barcelona, Brussels, Munich, Marseille, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC and Sydney. He has also participated in several biennales.In 1998 Kentridge was a finalist for the Solomon Guggenheim Museum’s second Hugo Boss prize, and was awarded the Carnegie Medal at the 1999/2000 Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine art from the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art in Baltimore.More recently, the Kentridge Retrospective has been on show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the SA National Gallery in Cape Town.His latest collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company, Confessions of Zeno, a multi-media production, was performed at the National Arts Festival and in Belgium and Germany last year. Zeno Writing, his exhibition of drawings, was on show at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg in March 2003.To order books or a CD Rom on William Kentridge’s works, click here. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Golay wins, BJP-SKM alliance sweeps bypoll in Sikkim

first_imgThe BJP-Sikkim Krantikari Morcha alliance has swept the bypolls in Sikkim, winning all the three Assembly seats that went to the polls. Sikkim Chief Minister and SKM candidate P.S. Golay won the Poklok Kamrang seat securing about 84% of the votes. Mr. Golay secured 10,585 votes, while his nearest rival Moses Rai of Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) secured 1,858. The victory has firmly cemented Mr. Golay as Chief Minister of Sikkim. Mr. Golay could not contest the Assembly polls earlier this year because of conviction in a corruption case. The term of his disqualification to contest polls was subsequently reduced by the Election Commission of India. At Martam Rumtek Assembly seat in East Sikkim, BJP candidate S.T. Venchungpa won by securing 8,010 votes, while N.K. Bhutia of the SDF secured 2,033 votes. BJP candidate Y.T. Lepcha won the Gangtok Assembly seat, securing 2,492 votes. Former Indian football captain and Hamro Sikkim working president Bhaichung Bhutia, who also contested from Gangtok, finished fourth after securing 578 votes. The bypolls were necessitated after the State’s former Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, D.T. Lepcha and Kunga Nima Lepcha vacated the Poklok Kamrang, Martam Rumtek and Gangtok seats respectively after winning two seats each during the Assembly poll held in April.last_img read more