Mayor of Ithaca, NY and CEO of Boston-based Seeding Labs to receive 2014 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards

first_imgSvante Myrick, the pioneering Mayor of Ithaca, NY, and Nina Dudnik, Founder and CEO of Seeding Labs, an innovative nonprofit that empowers talented scientists in developing countries to conduct life-changing research, have been named this year’s recipients of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards. The awards will be presented by Jack Schlossberg, John F. Kennedy’s grandson and a member of the New Frontier Award Committee, on December 10, 2014 during a private ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.“My grandfather believed that talented young Americans can fulfill our country’s promise through public service,” said Schlossberg, a member of the New Frontier Awards Committee. “Svante Myrick’s leadership is helping to build a better future for the city of Ithaca. Nina Dudnik saw the opportunity for innovation and scientific discovery in developing countries and is providing resources to unlock that potential. They both represent a new generation of leaders determined to make a difference in our country and the world.”The John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards were created by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and Harvard University’s Institute of Politics to honor Americans under the age of 40 who are changing their communities and the country with their commitment to public service. The awards are presented annually to two exceptional individuals whose contributions in elective office, community service, or advocacy demonstrate the impact and the value of public service in the spirit of John F. Kennedy. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Assistant band director details drill design process

first_imgEver wondered how the Notre Dame marching band pulls off exciting and engaging halftime shows with over 400 students on the football field?In a Monday lecture in the O’Neill Family Hall of Music, Sam Sanchez, assistant Notre Dame Band director, discussed the technical and creative elements that occur behind the scenes of the student marching band.While giving a brief history of marching bands as a whole, Sanchez said the practice has its origins in the military field since it was used as “a coordinated effort to move troops around and to intimidate the enemy.” He also said the military influence has sometimes caused people to not want to be involved in the marching band. Sanchez explained that most college marching bands have their own signature step and style, and that Notre Dame has been doing the high step since 1930.Sanchez also said the Notre Dame band has experienced some fraught history, especially surrounding the military background of marching band processes.“In the 1960s and 1970s, the Notre Dame Band got really small because there was a lot of tension with the Vietnam War, so you didn’t get a lot of people who wanted to do this thing that actually represented a little bit of an old military style,” he said. Sanchez said about half of the new students in the band have never marched before coming to Notre Dame, making the learning process a steep improvement over the football season.“On the first day, the first thing we do is we line everyone up, and we have them march out,”Sanchez said. “Even our new members do this, and they don’t quite know what’s going on yet, but you learn by doing. We have just get them out there and get them started.” By the end of the season, Sanchez said band members know how to step and hold their instruments correctly, making for a cleaner performance and a “striking difference” when comparing practice sessions.Sanchez said he first became interested in drill design — the craft of designing the charts and movements of the marching band on the field — when he was a freshman in high school. “I thought marching band was the neatest thing ever … and so what I did was once I started getting into it, I asked my director for drill paper. I started kind of writing my own shows, and I made my own drill tour,” Sanchez said. “I think I knew I wanted to be a band director at the age of 14.”While he admitted that teaching drill charts and movements to the entire college band at once can be challenging, Sanchez said he feels that simplifying the movements makes a huge difference for himself and students. “We only have a certain amount of time around our students, so I love simplifying everything as much as possible,” he said. “Some people try to make things way too complicated, and it doesn’t always need to be that way. Sometimes you can go simple and things are still really effective and they work.” The visual process of the shows are often the most critical since they engage directly with the audience, Sanchez said. He explained that Notre Dame often uses logos of the University, citing the cloverleaf, leprechaun and the Holy Cross symbol as examples of a way to connect the crowd to the performance.“We always do [the Holy Cross] for our national anthem, and we make the Holy Cross formation on the field for them. It’s really something that means a lot because that’s their brand, that’s their symbol,” Sanchez said. “Then, when we make an ND [on the field]. The symbol can arouse a sense of pride, and we can make a visual connection with our audience. The symbols help make a lasting memory and your audience will remember these things.”Tags: Band of the Fighting Irish, drill design, Notre Dame Band, Notre Dame Marching Band, o’neill family hall of musiclast_img read more

Other Sports Jyoti Randhawa, India golfer, arrested in Uttar Pradesh on poaching charges

first_imgNew Delhi: Jyoti Randhawa, India golfer and ex-husband of Bollywood actor Chitrangadha Singh, has been arrested in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich on charges of poaching, according to a tweet by ANI. The tweet also mentioned that a .22 rifle was recovered from the golfer and further details are being awaited. Randhawa is also a professional dog trainer and he was also appointed to train Cane Corso breed of hunter dogs to track and capture problem tigress T1 of Pandharkawda in Nagpur recently. According to a Hindustan Times report, the arrests took place in Motipur Range of Katerniaghat. A vehicle, weapons and other equipment along with wildlife articles were seized from them, the police said. Divisional forest officer of Katerniaghat is investigating the case.The Indian golfer, who has not been part of the golfing circuit since 2009, was officially divorced from Chitrangada in 2014 after their marriage fell apart in 2013. According to media reports, trouble between the couple began when Chitrangada shifted to Mumbai to pursue a career in films while Randhawa stayed back in Delhi. Chitrangada used to shuttle between the two cities to spend time with her son, five-year-old Zorawar and Jyoti. The couple who got married in 2001 have known each other since childhood.Randhawa turned professional in 1994 and was ranked in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking several times between 2004 and 2009. In 2002, he finished top on the Asian Tour money list. His best finish on the European Tour was a tied second in the 2004 Johnnie Walker Classic. Randhawa, along with Arjun Atwal, Anirban Lahiri and recently, Shubhankar Sharma, won the Order of Merit as the top-earning pros on the Asian Tour, with Jeev Milkha Singh achieving it twice in 2006 and 2008. Randhawa achieved this feat in 2002.Randhawa has made the cut in 2006 in the US Open and he made the cut in the Open Championship twice in 2000 and 2003. In the 2004 edition, he was tied 27th in the tournament which remained his best ever. In the PGA championship, he made the cutonly in the 2008 edition. Overall, Randhawa has won eight Asian Tour wins, with his first success coming in the Hero Honda Masters tournament played in Delhi in 1998 when he defeated Jeev Milkha Singh. He won the Indian Open three times in his career, with the first one being in 2000 followed by back-to-back wins in 2006 and 2007. Apart from his success in India, Randhawa achieved success in the Singapore Open, Thailand Open as well as the Japan Open. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more