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

September 24

Indiana Secretary of State: Protecting your vote

first_imgIndianapolis, in. — Seventeen months later, Americans are still talking about the 2016 election. Discussion continues in regards to foreign interference, and perhaps most significantly, cybersecurity and election infrastructure. While there is cause for vigilance, I want to assure all Hoosiers that Indiana has taken great precautions to safeguard our election systems.Cybersecurity is one of the most critical issues facing government officials. On average, I personally spend at least an hour a day on this topic, and often much more. We take great care to prepare election administrators for each cycle, and in partnership with other government agencies, we are developing new answers to security concerns and election policy. At the federal level, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), a bipartisan organization comprised of Secretaries of State from around the country, has worked to develop best practices and to get stateusernameormation they need from the federal government.I currently serve as President of NASS, and I sit on the NASS cybersecurity task force. Our organization has been working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to get Secretaries of State security clearances, so secretaries and their staff can access information held by the federal government. This access represents a huge step forward for election administrators, as we are now able to merge state government resources with the resources and information of DHS, the FBI, and other federal agencies. The timing is important given the increasing number of cyber threats from around the globe and hackers’ interest in compromising election systems processes.It is critical to understand that no piece of Indiana’s voting equipment is online. Machines and tabulators are not connected to the internet, nor are they connected to each other. We have a mechanism known as the Voting System Technical Oversight Program hosted by Ball State University that tests all of the election equipment used in Indiana for an added layer of safety and security. We also do public tests in all counties prior to an election.In addition to physical security, information is a powerful defense. A great tool has been the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), which allows us access to 24/7 security information, threat notifications, and security advisories put out by various actors. We also communicate with our own information center and our vendors to put policies and procedures in place to protect our systems.The Indiana General Assembly has supported and passed legislation designed to enhance security efforts. Senate Enrolled Act 327, passed this spring, requires counties to report security and election issues directly to the Secretary of State, which allows my office to share potential issues with other counties and states in an efficient manner. It also limits the sale of voting machines used in Indiana for official election purposes, preventing hackers from accessing the machines.County election officials who own voting machines in Indiana vigilantly protect access to the machines. When the machines are not in use for an election, they are under lock and key. During voting hours, poll workers watch voters to ensure tampering with machines does not occur. A voter only has two minutes to cast their ballot. No one is given unlimited access to the machines.Indeed, elections are largely administered by the county election office, which serves as the first line of defense against threats. In order to prevent unauthorized access to election databases, we are currently working on a multifactor authentication protocol which uses a token validation method. This method requires users to insert a USB token into their computer and enter a token ID, used to validate user access into the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) after the user correctly enters their user name and password. This validation will only be operational during preset and normal business hours, and a separate authorization will need to take place for after-hours access.The way Indiana runs elections may eventually change as a result of cybersecurity concerns. Some are even going so far as to call for a return to paper ballots. I am skeptical that is the answer, and believe there are options for us to continue moving elections forward using technology. When I was a county clerk counting ballots on election night, paper ballots didn’t always reconcile. Electronic tabulations do a much better job of tracking each vote and ensuring the number of voters who cast a ballot matches the number of votes cast.My team, my fellow Secretaries of State, and the country’s best county clerks will continue to work with cybersecurity experts, DHS, MS-ISAC, and academics to develop the best practices to protect the sanctity of our elections. We are committed to demonstrating that proper precautions are in place to secure the vote. Effective security demands thorough preparation and thorough preparation only occurs when all parties involved are united in their communication, vigilance, and vision. I am proud to say that, together with your local election staff, we are committed to this mission and will ensure that every Hoosier voter can cast a secure ballot on Election Day.last_img read more

September 9

Rampant MFM, Plateau Utd, Akwa Utd Zoom into Next Round

first_imgFemi SolajaFor the first time in recent participation, all the three Nigerian representatives in all the continental club competitions scaled through to the next stage of the both CAF Champions League and the Confederation Cup respectively.Although the two Nigerian representatives in the Champions League, MFC and Plateau United already had one leg in the next round each before their respective return leg fixtures wednesday, it was Akwa United of Uyo that proved pundits wrong with a massive 2-0 away win over Real de Banjul of Gambia. Cyril Olisema scored a brace for Akwa United to avenge the home loss in Uyo last week and qualified the Promise Keepers 3-2 on aggregate for the CAF Confederation Cup first round.The 2017 AITEO FA Cup champions will now face Al-Ittihad of Libya who also qualified to the next stage of the competition last night after securing 3-0 defeat of Sahel FC.The bright day for Nigerian club participation kicked off at the Temple of Football in Agege, Lagos where Chijioke Akuneto was on target and became the first scorer of an international goal at the refurbished arena as the church team pipped Real Bamako of Mali to progressing to the next stage of CAF Champions League 2-1 on aggregate.The Nigerians drew 1-1 in the first leg played in Mali, and after a goalless first half, Akuneto scored the winner for MFM 10 minutes before full time.He connected a well delivered cross by Abayomi Lawal with a firm header which left the goalkeeper of the visitors stranded between the post. They hanged on to that goal to seal a well deserved victory.Campaigning in the tournament for the first time after their surprise second place finish last season in the Nigeria Professional Football League, MFM FC have surprised many with the result over the Malians.MFM FC will now take on high scoring Mouloudia Club de Algeria who eliminated A.S Otoho of Congo Brazzaville 9-2 on aggregate. The Congolese side won 2-0 at home last week but lost the return leg in a scandalous 9-0 defeat in Algiers last night.In the other match yesterday, Raphael Ayagwa lifted 10-man Nigerian league champions Plateau United to victory with a lone goal away at Eding Sport of Cameroon yesterday.The midfielder scored the only goal of the game that gave the Jos team a 4-1 aggregate victory after winning the first leg 3-0 in Nigeria.It wasn’t all smooth for the Nigerians as they were reduced to 10 men following a red card handed out six minutes to the end of the game. They however hanged on to claim a memorable win which secures their passage to the next round.The representatives will now take on Tunisian giants Etoile Du Sahel in the final round of qualifiers for a place in the money spinning group stage of Africa’s most prestigious club competition.The performance of all the Nigerian teams yesterday was the opposite of their last outing in the continental club competition as they all crashed out in the early stage last season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more