May 3

Ivy Tech Community College Names Daniela Vidal Chancellor of Evansville Campus

first_imgIS IT TRUE that many people were very surprised that the Evansville Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer wasn’t selected as the next Chancellor of Ivy Tech-Evansville?  …Steve Schaefer was well qualified for this position and has an extremely impressive resume?  …Mr. Schaefer is known as a tireless worker for the local and State Indiana Republican party?  …that Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer has the reputation of being the glue that keeps Mayor Winnencke’s political agenda going in the right direction?  …if Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer has been selected as the Chancellor of Ivy Tech-Evansville he would have done an outstanding job? FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare daniela Ivy Tech Community College Names Daniela Vidal Chancellor of Evansville CampusEvansville, IN – Daniela Vidal, vice president of operations at Vidal Plastics, will be the next chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College’s Evansville campus, announced Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann today. She will begin her work with Ivy Tech on March 16, replacing Jonathan Weinzapfel who left the college in November following five years of service. The Evansville campus serves a 10-county region with additional sites located in Princeton and Tell City.Ellspermann welcomed Vidal and cited many of her areas of accomplishment that will benefit Ivy Tech. “We are pleased to welcome Daniela. Her higher education, economic development, innovation, and entrepreneurship experience will serve her well as we continue to reshape the College and programming to meet the changing needs of southwest Indiana communities, employers, and, most importantly, our students,” Ellspermann said. “Ivy Tech is critical to the success of the region’s Talent 2025 strategy. I am confident that Daniela will help us grow and better serve our richly diverse community ensuring all of our citizens are pursuing post-secondary credentials which lead to their prosperity, elevate our communities, and strengthen southwest Indiana’s economy.”Ellspermann also noted her thanks to Kelly Cozart for her leadership as an interim chancellor. “She has been instrumental in moving the campus forward during this period of transition and we are thankful she will return to her leadership role as Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the Evansville campus,” she said.Vidal expressed gratitude for a new career that will continue to impact the community. “I am deeply grateful for this opportunity and platform to continue to work for a community that I have grown to love dearly,” Vidal said. “I strongly believe in southwest Indiana’s potential and Ivy Tech’s excellent team of faculty, staff and partners who play a key role in fully realizing this potential. We have an opportunity to equip our population, including those hidden and underrepresented parts of our society, with the skills needed to support our vision for economic growth and quality of life. I am committed to fully leveraging my experience, cultural background and passion to make Ivy Tech a beacon of hope for our community.”State Board of Trustee Andrew Wilson shared his appreciation for the role the community played in the selection process.  “This is an important moment for Ivy Tech and our Evansville campus. It was evident during our search that the Community is excited about the opportunities that come with a new Chancellor. And as State Trustee, I am encouraged by the important role our Chancellor plays in the communities we serve,” he said.Prior to her work at Vidal Plastics, Daniela served for more than 10 years in a variety of roles at the University of Southern Indiana. Her last role was as director of Opportunity Development, which housed the Center for Applied Research, Eagle Innovations Accelerator and Tech Commercialization, Resource Development, USI @ Innovation Pointe and the I-69 Innovation Corridor initiative.Previously, she was coordinator of the Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Supervision degree programs and Engineering instructor. Vidal has also served as a consultant and trainer in the fields of operational excellence, new product introduction, and leadership.She has also served in a variety of roles at Proctor & Gamble Latin America, Mead Johnson, GE Plastics and Berry Plastics. She holds a chemical engineering degree from Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela, and a Master of Business Administration from USI.Some of the recent economic and workforce development and strategic planning projects Vidal has been involved in include:• Growth Alliance Innovation & Entrepreneurship Committee Chair• Rural Indiana Technology Commercialization Initiative (RITCI)• The led region in the application for Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership initiative• I-69 Innovation Corridor leadership team and steering committee; this included the Brainpower and Innovation & Entrepreneurship task forces. Vidal is active in the community serving on several boards and is a founding member and president of HOLA. She has been recognized for her leadership and community involvement through such honors as being named an Athena Award finalists, Leadership Evansville award, Top Five Most Influential Women in Evansville, Sydney Berger Community Award, and YWCA 100 Years 100 Women.Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.FOOTNOTE: The City-County Observer first broke this news a couple of days ago by posting the following comments in our “IS IT TRUE “section: IS IT TRUE that Kelly Cozart currently serves as the Interim Chancellor for the Evansville campus and Tell City and Princeton locations. …she was appointed as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the legacy bi-regional campuses in 2014 and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of Evansville in 2017?  …we commend Mrs. Cozart for doing an excellent job as the Interim Chancellor for the Evansville campus and Tell City and Princeton locations during this transition period?  …we hope that Chancellor Daniela Vidal will have the good judgment to offer Mrs. Cozart a key administrative position within her administration?IS IT TRUE that the three (3) finalists were all extremely qualified and performed well in their campus interviews? IS IT TRUE  we are told that a former protege of the President of Ivy Tech of Indiana Dr. Sue Ellspermann will be selected as the next Chancellor of Ivy Tech-Evansville?  …that Daniela Vidal and Dr. Sue Ellspermann jointly worked on several academic projects while she was at USI?  …because of Daniela’s extremely positive past working relationship with Dr. Sue Ellspermann’s, it gave Mrs. Vidal the inside track for the Ivy Tech-Evansville Chancellor’s job?  …that Mr. Vidal has an impressive work history in academics that will prove to be very valuable in her new position at Ivy Tech-Evansville? …we congratulated Daniela Vidal for her selection as the next Chancellor of Ivy Tech-Evansville and know that she will do a credible job?last_img read more

December 18

Inside the Cockpit of a Jones Beach Air Show Stunt Pilot

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sean Tucker laughs while piloting his single-engine plane more than 200 mph vertically, then letting it “sit” in the clouds before doing a “wing over” down toward the Fire Island beach below.Such maneuvers would leave some feeling queasy, but it’s all in a day’s work for this stunt pilot as he flies upside-down, through loops, and does what’s called a max deflection roll—spinning his tiny red-and-white aircraft like a drill through the sky. And those are just some of his tamest moves.“It’s a pretty cool job,” Tucker tells the Press after taking this reporter on a relatively subdued—only half of his usual 9.5 positive g-forces—practice run this week. “Making designs in the third dimension…that’s what I get to do every single day.”Tucker, the lead pilot for Team Oracle, will perform his Sky Dance routine at the 12th annual Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, scheduled for 12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.READ MORE: Inside the Blue Angels 2014 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach Practice It’s a show he’s performed hundreds of times, practices daily and never gets old. While he concedes that “it’s the craziest job in the world if you can make a living at it,” he says that doesn’t mean spectators should mistake him for reckless.“It is very risky, but the perception that people have sometimes that I’m crazy is totally opposite what we are,” he says after landing safely at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale. “When we’re throwing the airplane through the sky and front flipping and back flipping and twirling and tumbling to the ground we appear out of control, but we mitigate every risk by training and making sure in every maneuver we have an escape.”It also helps that this aerobatic pilot flies a state-of-the-art, custom-built plane, the Oracle Challenger III. And that he is one of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s 25 Living Legends of Flight. He speaks of his act as less a feat of daredevilry than a highly choreographed blend of athleticism, art and engineering.“The wings become your arms and you become so connected with it, then it becomes intuitive,” he says of his connection to his plane. “Then it’s like your dancing in the sky. You’re a part of the machine.”He hopes his fans, who can catch his show immediately before this year’s headliners, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, will be inspired to reach for the stars by living life as passionately as he does.“Come out and dream with us,” he says. “It’s all about dreams.”last_img read more

December 17

Data analytics in action

first_imgIt wasn’t long ago that credit unions learned of their members’ needs and expectations by talking with them when they visited the branch. But as technology has infiltrated our lives, and branch visits have given way to the convenience of online banking and mobile apps, that key source of customer intelligence is disappearing. How do you know what your members want?The answer that many companies are coming to is data analytics. As more data is created, and more consumers demand increased convenience, there’s a huge opportunity for all businesses—including credit unions.According to studies by Accenture, companies using data analytics are already seeing big success from the insights they’ve obtained. These insights have led to better business decisions and performance, including: continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

January 19

Wolves beat Booker-less Suns

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alongside Jimmy Butler with 25 points and Andrew Wiggins with 21, Towns kept the Wolves from another bad loss, this one against a Phoenix team missing top scorer Devin Booker.“Whatever the game plan is offensively, I try to go out there and execute as best as possible,” Towns said. “Whether it is shoot 30-plus shots, or shoot five shots.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe Wolves probably prefer the former, as long as he shoots the way he did Sunday. Towns went 12 of 26 from the floor, including two 3-pointers, and hit all six of his free-throw attempts.Coach Tom Thibodeau criticized Towns for not moving without the ball on Friday night, when his star big man got rolling too late. On Sunday, he scored 30 points for the third time this season and recorded his league-leading 16th double-double. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Suns: At Chicago on Tuesday night.Timberwolves: Host Washington on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set T.J. Warren — who also had 35 points in the first meeting with the Timberwolves — had 18 points for the Suns, and Phoenix started its six-game trip with its third straight loss.Minnesota built an early 14-point lead before Phoenix’s bench pulled the Suns back into it. James had eight second-quarter points to help spark a 25-15 run that gave the Suns a brief four-point lead before Wiggins got hot with three straight buckets to put the Wolves back in front.BOOKER’S STATUSTriano said he hoped Booker’s status would be day-to-day, but that he still needed to speak with the trainers. “They said if he sat out today it would give him a chance to rest a couple more days, so I’m hoping that means he gets to play.” Before the game, Triano said Booker’s injury occurred Friday night in a home loss to New Orleans.TAJ’S TALLYTaj Gibson had 16 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. He finished 8 of 12 from the floor, matching a career high for made field goals. While most of the attention on Minnesota’s revamped roster has focused on Jimmy Butler, Gibson has emerged as a reliable inside presence. “He adds a lot to the team, the way he plays,” Thibodeau said. “He’s got great quickness, he’s got great feet, but there’s a toughness to him that makes him what we need, too.”TIP-INSSuns: Josh Jackson started in Booker’s place and finished with five points. … The Suns’ bench scored 61 points. The unit entered the game averaging 45.4 points over its previous five games. … Phoenix lost for the first time in four games when shooting 50 percent from the floor. … The Suns went 13 of 26 from 3-point range, one off the team’s season high for 3-pointers made.Timberwolves: The Wolves improved to 12-8 to equal their best 20-game start since the 2005-06 season. … Starting point guard Jeff Teague (sore right Achilles) and reserve forward Nemanja Bjelica (sprained left foot) missed their second-consecutive games. Before the game, Thibodeau said both players were “getting closer, but I’m not sure that they’re there yet.” Bjelica’s injury is the same foot that required surgery to repair a fracture last season, and Thibodeau said the team has consulted with the surgeon. “I think he’s good but we just want to make sure.”UP NEXT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Carroll’s 24 points lead Nets over struggling Grizzlies “I thought Karl had great activity today, so that was good,” Thibodeau said. “We need that from him.”The Suns announced shortly before the game that Booker — who scored 35 points in Phoenix’s home victory over Minnesota on Nov. 11 — would sit out because of an injured big right toe.With Booker out, the Suns got another big game from their bench, led by Mike James with a career-high 26 points. But Minnesota started the third quarter with a 22-11 run, and Phoenix couldn’t find an offensive spark to seriously threaten the rest of the way.“He’s one of our best scorers, so it’s a big chunk offensively,” Suns interim coach Jay Triano said about Booker. “But at the same time we shot 50 percent. I thought our movement was pretty good. We shared the basketball, so I’m not disappointed with how we played at the offensive end without him. We weren’t very good defensively.”The Wolves outscored the Suns 66-50 in the paint, and had 32 second-chance points to Phoenix’s 12.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phoenix Suns’ Mike James (55) guards against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins (22) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns’ scoring actually meant something this time.Two days after his coach characterized his late points as “meaningless” in a listless loss to Miami, Towns led a balanced offensive attack for Minnesota with 32 points and 12 rebounds and the Timberwolves beat Phoenix 119-108 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more