Waleed Al-Shehhi

first_img Jila Bani Yaghoob Iran Find out more A sentence of two years in prison and a fine of 500,000 dirhams (100,000 euros) – Waleed Al-Shehhi, a netizen based in Ajman, in the United Arab Emirates, has paid dearly for a few tweets about the trial of 94 Emiratis, most of whom were convicted of endangering the country’s security for having links with an Islamist organization. Arrested in May 2013, Shehhi was convicted under the UAE’s cyber-crime law, which forbids the use of information technology for activities “harming the reputation of the state.” His crime was informing the general public about this trial, from which the international media were excluded, and about the torture of the detainees. Shehhi was himself mistreated and repeatedly threatened with physical torture. Sardar Muhammad Iran Find out more Amara Al-Khitabi Libya Find out more Help by sharing this information Information hero Waleed Al-Shehhi Adnan Hassanpour Iran Find out more Receive email alertscenter_img to go further Middle East – North Africa United Arab Emirates Middle East – North Africa United Arab Emirates Siamak Qaderi Iran Find out more Follow the news on United Arab Emirates See morelast_img read more

Auditor discusses MCH bond covenant concerns

first_img Facebook Auditor discusses MCH bond covenant concerns Pinterest WhatsApp Previous coverage of bond downgradePrevious coverage of hospital facing potential defaultDebt covenant compliance was an issue of concern pointed out during a recent meeting of the Ector County Hospital District audit committee.BKD audit partner Chris Clark presented the audit for Fiscal Year 2017 to the committee, Medical Center Hospital administration and other board members in attendance.The district must generate enough EBIDA, or earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization, to cover 110 percent of their debt service, which totals to about $5.2 million of EBIDA, as well as have 50 days cash on hand at the end of Fiscal Year 2018 or the district will be in default, Clark said.“Through January, I think your EBIDA is at like $1.1 million, so you’ve got some ground to make up by the end of September,” he added.Financial statements for the month ended Jan. 31, show EBIDA was shy of $1 million, totaling $983,851. MCH CFO Robert Abernethy said their goal and expectation is to meet that requirement at the end of FY 2018.As of January, Abernethy said they are down to 55 days cash on hand and expects that to go up with changes that the district is putting in place.The audit is something the bond rating agencies will be reviewing to look at the hospital’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as what their plans are to resolve those weaknesses and their overall improvement plan going forward, Abernethy said.“We will have a bond rating call later next week so until we do that, I hesitate to say what it’s going to do. We could remain with our existing rating or it could come down a little bit with our loss,” he said, adding it depends on what the bond raters feel when looking at the future with the recent leadership change, the actions being taken to correct the issue and the improvement shown.Should the district go into default, Clark said they would likely have to go back to the bond holders and ask for a waiver, which would cost the district money should bond holders choose to grant it.ECHD’s bond rating was downgraded by Fitch Ratings in March 2017 from A- to BBB with the rating outlook negative. The district was then required to pay for an outside company to review the hospital’s operations and offer opportunities for improvement in certain areas, which several board members said administration at the time was slow to implement after former President and CEO Bill Webster announced his retirement.The district failed their debt service coverage ratio requirements at the end of 2016. Clark said included in that debt service last year was payments on some bank notes (related to Cerner) but after working with the lender on those notes to subordinate that debt to the bonds, they were able to exclude that from the debt service coverage calculation.“That improved the likelihood you would meet your debt service requirement,” Clark said.Then the GASB 68 actuary report came in. Clark said the district basically had a $9 million paper expense that hit the district’s bottom line and through the district back into a situation where they were not going to meet the 110 percent requirement.After going back to the bond holders, that’s when an amendment was made that resulted in the additional requirement to have 50 days cash on hand, which allowed the district to meet their debt service coverage ratio for 2017, he said.Ector County Hospital District, in comparison to other mid-size districts like Midland, Lubbock and El Paso, was below average for total days cash on hand in 2017, Clark said.“You had just over 120 days cash on hand back in 2013 and you were down to just over 40 days in 2017 and if you look at your peers in the industry, you dropped lower than the average in 2017,” he said.Clark said the district has made some investments in their capital assets and has had a large expenditure associated with Cerner, but another thing that sticks out is the district’s decline in overall cash investments over a five-year period, from 2013 to 2017.“You had about $98 million of noncurrent cash investments and then your current cash equivalents back in 2013 and that’s down to $51 million in 2017. So you can see that steady decline over that five-year period,” he said.Clark also pointed out a steady decline in net position over the last five years from $237 million in 2013 to just shy of $200 million in 2017.Overall, Clark said areas of high risk they identified through the financial statements were consistent with prior years and consistent with what they would expect to see.“There is nothing in our risk assessment process that generated an unexpected significant risk area,” he said.The district reported operating losses of about $77 million in 2017 and about $59 million in 2016. BKD noted in the audit documents some of the primary components of the increased operating loss, including:A decrease in net patient service revenue of about $7 million, or 2.91 percent, primarily due to the Cerner system conversion in April 2017 which impacted timely billing efforts and led to an increase in accounts receivable reserves.An increase in supplemental Medicaid funding revenue of about $3.1 million, or 8.37 percent, due to an increase in the district’s allocation of the uncompensated pool.An increase in salary and related expenses for the district’s employees of about $5.8 million, or 3.12 percent, due to higher staffing associated with growth and expansion and the district’s recruitment and retention efforts.A decrease in supply and other costs of about $2.4 million, or 2.8 percent, and an increase in purchased services and professional fees of about $6.4 million, or 14.87 percent, primarily due to growth in service lines and use of consultants and third-parties in connection with the revenue cycle system conversion. WhatsApp Pinterest Facebookcenter_img Twitter MCH CFO Robert Abernethy Local News By admin – March 7, 2018 Twitter Previous articleBOYS SOCCER: Wolfforth Frenship edges out Odessa High 2-1Next articleCOLLEGE BASEBALL: Odessa College outslugs Midland College in conference tuneup adminlast_img read more

SUU Football Commences Season At UNLV Saturday

first_img Brad James Tags: Armani Rogers/Northern Iowa Football/Sam Boyd Stadium/SUU Football/UNLV Football Written by August 29, 2019 /Sports News – Local SUU Football Commences Season At UNLV Saturday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS-As the Southern Utah University football team heads to Las Vegas Saturday, they usher in the last season the host UNLV Rebels will play at Sam Boyd Stadium, which has housed Rebels football for 49 years.The Thunderbirds are searching for good vibes to cast out the memory of a regrettable 1-10 season in 2018.In so doing, they hope to repeat their 41-16 rout of the Rebels at Las Vegas in 2011, their last visit to UNLV.The Rebels are coming off a 4-8 season themselves and will go with Los Angeles native, junior Armani Rogers, as their starting signal-caller Saturday.With the temperatures expected to be 101 degrees at kickoff at Sam Boyd Stadium, SUU head coach Demario Warren has prepared his Thunderbirds for the conditions by having them practice at Dixie High School in St. George last week.Warren cites the Rebels’ linebackers as one of their greatest strengths, calling them “one of the best that we’ve faced.”After facing the FBS Rebels, the Thunderbirds stay on the road September 7 as they will face the No. 18 Northern Iowa Panthers at Cedar Falls, Iowa.UNLV leads the all-time series 3-1.last_img read more

White scores 19 to lift Utah Valley over Wyoming 69-67

first_img Tags: Isaiah White/UVU Wolverines Basketball Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailIsaiah White came off the bench to score 19 points to lift Utah Valley to a 69-67 win over Wyoming on Wednesday night.White shot 9 for 10 from the foul line. He added nine rebounds.Brandon Averette had 18 points for Utah Valley (5-8), which ended its five-game losing streak. TJ Washington added 13 points.Hunter Maldonado had 23 points and six rebounds for the Cowboys (3-9), whose losing streak reached six games. Hunter Thompson added 17 points and seven rebounds. Brandon Porter had 12 points.Utah Valley matches up against Long Beach State on the road on Saturday. Wyoming takes on Denver on the road on Saturday. December 18, 2019 /Sports News – Local White scores 19 to lift Utah Valley over Wyoming 69-67 Associated Presslast_img read more

New homes in Hackney

first_imgWorking with Hackney Council on the regeneration of the Colville Estate, residential developer Anthology is delivering 198 new homes in Hoxton, London.The first phase of the 11.98 acre Colville Estate regeneration project has been taking place over the last five years and now, extending to approximately 0.93 acres, this particular phase of the ongoing regeneration will consist of a 16 and a 20 storey tower.The site of Hoxton Press was once home to a paper manufacturing company owned by the Mullord Brothers who produced paper products including lace paper greeting cards and playing cards from the 1860s to early 1900s. In keeping with this history Anthology has named the towers ‘Mono’ and ‘Duo’, printmaking techniques.The first release of homes at Hoxton Press will be in the ‘Duo’ block offering studios, one and two bedroom apartments and penthouses. Guide prices from £500,000.David Newey, Project Director for Anthology Hoxton Press said, “Our Hoxton Press development will sit comfortably in the heart of Hackney, with all local travel connections just a stone’s throw away. The community has its own identity, with markets, shops and design studios – these are just some of the unique attributes that have really enabled Hoxton to become such a desirable location.”Hackney housing development new homes in Hackney Colville Estate regeneration November 30, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » New homes in Hackney previous nextLand & New HomesNew homes in HackneyThe Negotiator30th November 20160788 Viewslast_img read more

WESTWARD HO!

first_imgWESTWARD HO!Gavel Gamut by Jim Redwine www.jamesmredwine.comPeg is a born Yankee from New York and northern Indiana. Her family, on both sides of both sides, came to America from Ireland. I am pretty sure Peg’s ancestors brought every piece of furniture they owned with them across the ocean because she and I are now moving a lot of that stuff to Oklahoma. I can relate to those Irish husbands who were ordered by their wives to pack everything from giant kettles to pipe organs into and on top of the ships that headed west from Ireland a hundred and seventy-five years or so ago. With Peg it was a huge antique bed, several sets of family china and, of course, a very heavy piano, just to mention a few of the items we are dragging further west from Indiana to Osage County, Oklahoma.After Peg and I got an estimate of $18,000 to move our things from Indiana to the Tallgrass Prairie, I suggested we just leave everything we owned but our toothbrushes in our Indiana home and leave the doors unlocked. My thought was that 90% of our stuff had never been unpacked from when we moved 12 years ago so why worry about it. Peg demurred as we say in the law.“Jim, if you are moving me across the Mississippi River into the Wild West I am taking some semblance of civilization with me. For all I know there isn’t even a Walmart within 20 miles of that cabin.”It turns out she is right. However, just as mushrooms appear magically after a spring rain, there is a Dollar General store about every square mile from Indiana to Oklahoma. Peg was not assuaged by this observation.Peg and I are married and as most couples do we discuss and pretend to negotiate major issues such as moving. Our so-called negotiation has gone somewhat as follows. “Peg, let’s accept that we cannot cram the contents of a 4,000 square foot modified barn into a 2,000 square foot log cabin.”“Fine, Jim, we’ll take my half of our things and you can just leave your silly toys such as your tractor, zero-turn mower, golf cart, guns and stupid books behind. That should give us enough room.”“Well, can we at least take only one sample of each thing?”“I suppose so. I really could wear the same clothes every day and we can just take two plates and two forks. No one will find us out there anyway so why have extras for guests.”“Now, don’t get all out of sorts. I meant can’t we pare down a little? Do we really need to plan for all your relatives to come by making sure we have preserved every bit of Irish paraphernalia that was shipped across the Atlantic and is now being dragged halfway across America?”That was probably a tactical error on my part as it gave Peg this opening – “That’s easy for you to say, most people out there are related to you!”I sensed all of our faux-negotiation was over and acquiesced to fate. On the other hand, I really didn’t want to spend $18,000 to move. It turns out that would have been a bargain. And I am sure our friends we recruited to help would agree. I would name them and thank them publicly, but I do not wish to make any future lawsuits against us for back injuries automatic losers. Maybe if I don’t admit responsibility in print some future judge won’t put judgement liens on everything we own. But surely our friends will forgive us for having them lift items that weigh more than a buffalo.Another problem is we not only have to load everything Peg wants moved, we have to unload it all too. That means calling on new-found Oklahoma friends for help. I notice these new friends are getting harder to find. And you may recall we had that little problem of stuffing 4,000 square feet of stuff into 2,000 square feet. I suggested we simply drive it to Goodwill and dump it all. Wrong again! What Peg demanded was that we build a bunkhouse to handle the overflow. That $18,000 quickly disappeared in the rearview mirror. By the way, we just completed our eighth trip with a loaded trailer hauled by a loaded pickup and followed by a loaded car. On the other hand, we probably have only about five more loads to go!FOOTNOTE: For more Gavel Gamut articles go to www.jamesmredwine.comOr “Like” us on Facebook at JPegRanchBooks&KnittingFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” JANUARY 8, 2020

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that Ellen Horan has just resigned as the Executive Director of GAGE to take a job in Texas?  …we wouldn’t be surprised if this “E For Everyone” group will pay big bucks to hire an out town agency to find an out-of-towner to replace Ms. Horan?IS IT TRUE that yesterday’s political endorsement by Democrat Vanderburgh County Commissioner Jeff Hatfield of Republican County Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave has shocked the “donkey nation”? …they say that that timing is everything?  …today at high noon at the Civic Center Commissioner Musgrave will officially announce her intention to seek re-election?IS IT TRUE that a group calling itself “FOR EVANSVILLE” is in the process of putting together a publication on the State of Evansville that is called “THE STATE OF E”?…the report is expected to be a fair and honest look at the state of things in the City of Evansville and will be a snapshot of how life is for the citizens of Evansville at the end of a given year?IS IT TRUE the first full report is expected to be coming out soon for the year 2019?…in the meantime, there is a 4-page brief that shows some of the realities of living in Evansville?…the CCO has reviewed this brief and is encouraged by the candid nature of the things exposed as opportunities to make things better in Evansville?…this brief does not sugar coat anything shows verifiable statistics that are seldom seen anywhere but in the City-County Observer?IS IT TRUE an honest feedback publication that is designed to get people’s attention with truth is a welcome addition to what can sometimes seem like a downtown is perfect and so is everything else echo chamber?…we see this as a publication that may have some positive impact if the chicken fat dancers can admit to some of the non-flattering facts and start fixing things instead of denying them?IS IT TRUE the above-mentioned brief flatly calls out the performance of our 3rd graders since a full 21% of them failed the pass an age-appropriate reading test?…they also point out that this 21% is 4 times less likely than other children to graduate from high school?…it is also pointed out that cases of children being neglected have risen by 43% since 2008 and that is a damning statistic on the parenting skills of the adults who created that statistic?IS IT TRUE it is also pointed out that Evansville has a 20% higher rate for death from drug overdoses than the State of Indiana and that 40% of the families in Evansville are living paycheck to paycheck?…that number sounds disastrous but this is a place where Evansville is doing better than the nation as it has been published that less than half of the people of the nation have $500 in savings for emergencies?…that is a statistic that is predominantly influenced by personal decisions as opposed to the economy which is at a better place than it has been for over 50 years?IS IT TRUE that the brief does not address crime statistics that have defied the national trends of reducing crime and have increased over the last 10 years?…there was a bright spot on murder in 2019 with a documented murder rate of “only” 10 per 100,000?…a couple of years ago that was 20 but even at 10 Evansville ranks as a very violent city on par with places like Miami and Houston but well higher than Los Angeles and New York City?IS IT TRUE we are intrigued to see what the full report will choose to include in the State of E Report and how different this report will be compared to past State of the City reports given by mayors at the Rotary Club?…we are pleased to be joined in pointing out areas for improvement that leads to better public policy?IS IT TRUE it’s been alleged that an individual with some local political connections are quietly buying up dilapidated and distressed properties in the North Main Street area?  ….we wonder if they know something more about the future development plans for this area than the average joe?IS IT TRUE that the newly appointed President/CEO of the ECVB first order of business is to show supporters of this not-for-profit board that “E Is For Everyone”?  …that the best-known secret in Vanderburgh County is that the ECVB doesn’t have one minority employed within the agency or serving on their Board of Directors?IS IT TRUE we predict that the next Chairman of the Board Of Directors of the ECVB will be Joey Kiefer?IS IT TRUE we are told by reliable sources that business tycoon Ron Geary will be in town in a couple of weeks to meet with a group of local well-heeled business people to discuss the possibilities of a multi-million venture capital opportunity in Evansville/Vanderburgh County? …we also told that former Governor Jay Y Brown of Kentucky is looking at this potential investment? …we are pleased to hear if Mr. Geary decides to move forward with this mega capital venture he will not be asking for any local governmental handouts?  …that “Government shouldn’t do for Ron Geary and is a group of investors  for what they can do for themselves”IS IT TRUE that Mayor Winnecke left the door wide open for a fourth (4th) term during his recent weekly cabinet meeting?IS IT TRUE when the people fear the Government we have Tyranny!  When the Government fears the people we have Liberty FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Today’s “Readers Poll” question is: Who would you like to be the next President of the Evansville City Council?center_img If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.last_img read more

South Shore Line to resume regular service on Monday

first_img Facebook South Shore Line to resume regular service on Monday Pinterest Twitter Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Previous articleElkhart man arrested, accused of injuring state trooper with explosive deviceNext articlePlans on how to reopen schools in Indiana Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest (Photo supplied/South Shore Line) The South Shore Line will resume regular service on Monday, June 8.As Chicago begins to open and more commuters and leisure riders return to the train, the SSL intends to further the safety measures being taken through its Sanitized for Rider Safety program, a comprehensive cleaning and health and safety program.In addition, the SSL continues to require its riders to wear masks at stations and on cars, practice social distancing when possible, and take advantage of sanitization stations in each car. For those riders who choose not to wear a mask, they are offering a “mask-optional” car.Sanitized for Rider Safety is SSL’s new comprehensive cleaning program, and SSL invites riders to look for the Sanitized for Rider Safety seal in the stations and train cars within the next several weeks. SSL sanitization procedures include disinfecting seats, windows, crash pads, handrails, door handles, headrests, and grab handles. Each train car is mopped with a stringent disinfectant and fogged with disinfectant using state-of-the-art equipment.SSL recommends the following guidelines for passengers:Utilize hand sanitization stations available in each train carRefrain from congregating in train vestibulesAvoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes while on trainWash hands frequently, and follow CDC recommendations for handwashingCover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneezeRespect the personal space of all passengers to the best of your abilityWear a mask or face covering while in stations and while on train (mask-optional train car available for those who are unable to or choose not to wear a mask. Crew will direct passengers to designated train car.)For more information, please visit https://www.mysouthshoreline.com/commuters/sanitized-for-rider-safety. Facebook Google+ Twitter By Jon Zimney – June 8, 2020 0 225 WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

It’s now easier to report a civil rights violation

first_imgIndianaLocalNews It’s now easier to report a civil rights violation Twitter Facebook Google+ Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp (“Smart Phone” by Graeme Paterson, CC BY 2.0) INDIANAPOLIS–It is now easier for you to report a civil rights violation, says U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler. Minkler represents the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.The Department of Justice says there is now a Civil Rights Reporting Portal.“Our office recently asked anyone who has witnessed or experienced harassment or discrimination as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to report such allegations to the Civil Rights Coordinator in my office, or to the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division,” said Minkler. “Even though reports can still be received in this manner, I encourage the public to utilize the user-friendly Civil Rights Portal to report any civil rights violations.”You can find the portal at civilrights.justice.gov.The new website allows users to submit an online form with details of a civil rights violation. Specialized teams will then review the report and forward it to the correct group or agency, which will determine the best course of action.The portal is “fully accessible” to people with disabilities. It is available in English and Spanish, but more languages will be added over the next year.If you would like to report a civil rights violation over the phone, you can call the U.S. Attorney’s Office Civil Rights Coordinator Jeffrey Preston at 317-226-6333. You can also call the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division at 855-856-1247 or 202-514-3827. Pinterest Google+ By Network Indiana – June 22, 2020 2 268 Pinterest Twitter Previous articleAthletic, picture challenge set up at Chain O’Lakes State ParkNext articleIndiana nurse hospitalized for nearly 50 days with COVID-19 Network Indianalast_img read more

Changes coming to Gen Ed

first_img Digital Giza Project lets scholars virtually visit sites in Egypt and beyond, and even print them in 3D Armchair travels with a purpose Related GAZETTE: How else has the Gen Ed program evolved over the years?CLAYBAUGH: This isn’t the first Gen Ed at Harvard; it’s the second. The first was inaugurated in the aftermath of the Second World War, and it sought to educate students for a “free society.” With our new Gen Ed program, we seek to prepare students for global citizenship. Individual courses grapple explicitly with the global, such as Robert Lawrence and Lawrence Summers’ “The Future of Globalization” or Sunil Amrith’s “Global Gandhi.” We have a course on the Hebrew Bible, and another on the spiritual practices transmitted throughout the African diaspora. We have a course on Shakespeare, and another on anime.GAZETTE: Among the changes to Gen Ed are new requirements for quantitative reasoning with data (QRD). What can you tell us about this change?CLAYBAUGH: QRD courses teach students how to think critically about the data they’ll encounter in their professions and contend with in civic debates. Nothing could be more essential for 21st-century citizenship. Students will learn the computational, mathematical, and statistical techniques they need to work with data. They’ll also learn how to use those techniques in the real world, where data are imperfect and incomplete, sometimes compromised, always contingent. Finally, they’ll reflect on all the questions raised by our current uses of data — questions that are social and ethical and epistemological. We’ve identified a number of courses in an array of departments, at all levels of difficulty, that do all these things — among them, Raj Chetty’s new course in “Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems.” We know students are going to learn a lot.GAZETTE: If you were a student, what course would you take and why?CLAYBAUGH: That’s a great question! From time to time, when we were reviewing courses, someone would exclaim, “I wish I could take this course!” But it was always a different course for each of us, and that’s what I’d want students to understand: There’s no “best” Gen Ed courses. There are just the courses that are right for you. Students might look for courses on things they’ve always been curious about — music? food? the pyramids? Or they might look for courses that show a familiar topic in a new light, like Susanna Rinard’s course on happiness or John Hamilton’s course on security or Maya Jasanoff’s course on ancestry. This fall, Harvard College will launch a new General Education (Gen Ed) program for undergraduates. The program features 160 courses, including some that have been restructured and many new ones. Professors Suzannah Clark and Amy Wagers, co-chairs of the Standing Committee on General Education, worked to revise the program, which begins this fall under Dean of Undergraduate Education Amanda Claybaugh. The Gazette talked to Claybaugh for a preview of what the new Gen Ed will look like, and how she and her team arrived at this milestone.Q&AAmanda ClaybaughGAZETTE: Can you give us the elevator pitch on Gen Ed, and, in particular, why the courses cross divisions?CLAYBAUGH: The General Education program is the cornerstone of the liberal arts at Harvard. Other colleges tend to organize the liberal arts around a set of distribution requirements or a list of great works, but Harvard offers a special set of courses that show the liberal arts in action. They pose enduring questions, they frame urgent problems, and they help students see that no one discipline can answer those questions or grapple with those problems on its own. Gen Ed courses call on students to synthesize what they’re learning in their other courses and apply it to the world.GAZETTE: What are the changes?CLAYBAUGH: The Gen Ed program was introduced in 2008; in 2016 it was reviewed and now a renewed Gen Ed will launch this fall. In the process, the eight original Gen Ed categories were streamlined into four: Starting this fall, students will take one course each in aesthetics and culture; histories, societies, and individuals; ethics and civics; and science and technology in society. These four Gen Ed courses are now complemented by four distributional requirements. Students will also take one departmental course each in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and the natural and applied sciences, as well as a course in quantitative reasoning with data.Once these new requirements were in place, the Gen Ed committee had to find courses to fill them. The committee, most recently under the leadership of Suzannah [a professor of music] and Amy [co-chair of the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology], worked tirelessly to reframe existing courses and recruit new ones. And colleagues from across the FAS — and across the University — stepped up and volunteered to do this unusually demanding kind of teaching.We want Gen Ed to be the kind of courses faculty have always dreamed of teaching — and the kind students never forget. Because of that, we’ve put together an incredible team of consultants who work with faculty to ensure that each course is as good as it can possibly be. There are curators who organize museum visits, librarians who create research guides, and specialists in assignment design and academic technology. “We want Gen Ed to be the kind of courses faculty have always dreamed of teaching — and the kind students never forget.” An interview with the current and future presidents of the alumni board that acts as a ‘Socratic steward of the University’ Overseeing progresslast_img read more