Pharmacists Respond to COVID Vaccine Challenge

first_imgPharmacists Respond to COVID Vaccine Challenge Pharmaceutical Society of AustraliaAustralia’s pharmacists are responding to the Federal Government’s call to assist in the COVID-19 vaccination program, with 1,000 pharmacists registering and more than 700 attending a Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) webinar session last night in preparation for their involvement in Phase 1 and 2 of the vaccination rollout.The webinar – which included senior government officials leading the COVID-19 vaccination plan joining PSA President, Associate Professor Chris Freeman – provided information on the Commonwealth program, the role of pharmacists in Phase 1, the final call for Phase 2 Expressions of Interest to administer the vaccine through community pharmacy, and training and education to deliver the vaccine.The PSA session had strong engagement from members seeking to /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, commonwealth, community, covid-19, education, Federal, federal government, Government, pharmacy, President, Professor, Society, vaccination, vaccinelast_img read more

Government support to make significant improvements to Kempsey Road

first_imgGovernment support to make significant improvements to Kempsey Road Kempsey Shire CouncilThe Armidale Regional Council is now able to make critical improvements to Kempsey Road, following securing a grant of $4.95 million from the NSW Fixing Local Roads program.The council will use these funds to alleviate some of the issues which have caused landslips and washouts that have left the community isolated at times.They will be making critical road improvements, including sealing, repairs and safety works from west of the Lower Creek community towards Black Bird Creek Bridge.It is expected that the work will be completed within two years to ensure the local community sees benefits such as increased safety and productivity as soon as possible.Photo by Armidale Regional Council /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Armidale, Armidale Regional Council, bird, community, council, Government, Kempsey, Kempsey Shire, Kempsey Shire Council, local council, NSW, Safetylast_img read more

Tacotopia coming to the Promenade

first_imgHomeBusinessTacotopia coming to the Promenade May. 22, 2019 at 8:30 amBusinessEventsFeaturedFoodNewsRecreationTacotopia coming to the PromenadeAngel Carreras2 years agoAzule TaqueriaCalifornia Cholula TacoJarritos lucha libreJohn KolaskitacosTacotopia Sun-kissed Santa Monica is an Instagrammable marvel on its own, but that hasn’t stopped the city from getting into the selfie museum craze. Last year saw the sugar-coated Candytopia queue lines at Santa Monica Place. This week, a more savory, Latin-inspired Instagram-ready museum comes to the city.Santa Monica’s own Azule Taqueria will partner up with Tacotopia to bring larger-than-life Mexican food-inspired art installations and of course, tacos, to the Third Street Promenade. The opening of the exhibit takes place Thursday, May 23, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m and will last until July 7.The exhibit will feature photo ops with such Instagram-ready items as a taco teeter-totter, human-sized guacamole bowls, avocado chairs, a Shiva-like taco god holding tacos, a Jarritos lucha libre ring and more.Participants will receive one free Jarritos drink and a taco from Azule Taqueria ranging from Pork Belly, Cauliflower al Pastor, Azule Asada, Wild and Free Mushroom and a special California Cholula Taco.John Kolaski, CEO of K2 Restaurants (which owns Azule and several other restaurants in the Promenade), says the partnership came about when Tacotopia, who holds this event in other major cities, reached out looking for a local taco partner.Kolaski and his team jumped at the opportunity.“It’s a great way for us to partner with a destination experience and a great partnership that will allow us to be an extension of an immersive experience,” Kolaski said. “We really want to be able to show what we can do and get in front of people who wouldn’t have found us otherwise.”Finding Azule is one of the positives for Kolaski as he says he hopes people will find the Promenade, too, whether it’s their first there or first time there in a while.“I hope more people come down, hang out for the day and see all there is to offer here,” Kolaski said. “Not just [Azule] but the rest of the Promenade, too. We want people to come to our space, sure, but this is all a great area. We want people coming back down and see there’s something to do all day and fun ways to interact with brands and locations.”The Tacotopia exhibit is located at 1254 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica, CA 90401 and is open Mon-Sun 11am-9pm.  Tickets are $20 for kids under 11, $25 for students and $30 for adults. For more information on the Tacotopia exhibit visit [email protected] :Azule TaqueriaCalifornia Cholula TacoJarritos lucha libreJohn KolaskitacosTacotopiashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentShooting in Venice Leaves One DeadMurder conviction for man arrested in 2015 police standoffYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

Pokemon Go creator Niantic raises $190M

first_img Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 04 JAN 2019 Niantic, Nintendo agree AR apps push augmented realityNiantic Apps Author Pokemon Go maker Niantic scored $190 million in its latest funding round, as it gears up to launch a new game based on the Harry Potter franchise.A regulatory document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission revealed 26 investors participated in the round, which brings total money raised by the company to $415 million.The Wall Street Journal said last month Niantic was looking to raise $200 million for a valuation of $3.9 billion.The company’s AR game Pokemon Go has seen huge success. Earlier this week Sensor Tower estimated the app’s revenue in 2018 was $795 million, a 35 per cent year-on-year increase.“Should Niantic continue to engage its player base to the degree it did in 2018, it’s possible we’ll see the game surpass $3 billion in lifetime revenue by the end of 2019,” the report said.Meanwhile Niantic had announced back in November 2017 it was teaming up with Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment to launch another AR title called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Not much was heard about this game until last month, when the company launched a teaser video, indicating the game would be out sometime this year. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back HomeAppsNews Pokemon Go creator Niantic raises $190Mcenter_img Telstra seeks to rule Aussie football with AR play Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Saleha Riaz Jio backs Krikey in AR game play Tags Previous ArticleFederal closure delays T-Mobile, Sprint merger reviewNext ArticleHTC rounds off 2018 with another low last_img read more

Wednesday Wrap: Cristales powers Williamson; Biedlingmaier leads Holley in nail-biter

first_imgWednesday Wrap: Cristales powers Williamson; Biedlingmaier leads Holley in nail-biter added by Paul Cifonelli on October 23, 2019View all posts by Paul Cifonelli →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentAirPhysioThis All-Natural “Lung Cleaning” Device Helps Anyone Breathe EasierAirPhysioUndoBig Data Courses | Search AdOnline Big Data Courses Might Be Better than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search AdUndoCosmoWomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoWomensUndoby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersUndoTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ SplintersUndo”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ SplintersUndo Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Print This Post Follow on Facebook Add to Google+ CLASS B1No. 9 DANSVILLE 0No. 8 PENN YAN 2Penn Yan used two first half goals to snap a three-game losing streak. Brigham Hansen opened the scoring for the victors, using a Nicholas Jarecke assist to put his team up 1-0. Zackary Townley added an insurance goal later in the half, with Tyler Griffin earning the assist. Penn Yan moves on to face No. 1 Palmyra Macedon on the road on Saturday, Oct. 26.No. 10 GREECE ODYSSEY 1No. 7 NEWARK 6Brian Estrada and Renz Vecinal each scored twice as Newark netted six goals on just eight shots. Estrada scored Newark’s first two goals of the game, with Addison Bump and Zachary Herd each picking up one assist. Vecinal netted the final two of the game. Estrada assisted on both of Vecinal’s tallies. Herd found the back of the net for Newark’s third score of the first half off a feed from Elijah Malach. Matthew O’Connor’s unassisted goal was the first of the second half for the winners. Newark will next play at No. 2 Geneva on Saturday, Oct. 26.No. 11 WATERLOO 0No. 6 BATAVIA 3Batavia earned its third consecutive win with a full team effort. Three different players scored for Batavia, with Carter Havens the only player to pick up a goal and assist. He scored unassisted in the second half then later aided Andres Mateos’ tally. Garrick Havens netted Batavia’s first goal in the first half, which was also unassisted. Batavia advances to take on No. 3 Livonia on the road on Saturday, Oct. 26.CLASS B2No. 9 WELLSVILLENo. 8 WAYLAND-COHOCTONNo. 10 NORTH ROSE WOLCOTT 0No. 7 BISHOP KEARNEY 7The Bishop Kearney boys’ soccer team needed 40 minutes and change to find its offensive rhythm on Wednesday. Once found, the Kings had little problem switching into high gear. READ MORE.No. 11 ATTICA 0No. 6 LEROY 4Nicholas Vallese’s hat trick led LeRoy to its third win in its last four games. Vallese netted LeRoy’s first three goals of the game, all in the first half. Aidan Harrington, Alexander Gramkov and Maveric McKenzie each picked up an assist on one of Vallese’s goals. McKenzie scored LeRoy’s final goal in the second half with the help of Connor Beagle. LeRoy’s next game will be at No. 3 Letchworth/Warsaw on Saturday, Oct. 26.CLASS C1No. 9 MARCUS WHITMAN 1No. 8 GANANDA 4No. 13 ROCHESTER ACADEMY CHARTER 0No. 4 SODUS 8No. 12 PEMBROKE 0No. 5 CANISTEO-GREENWOOD 4Corey Barker’s big first half helped Canisteo-Greenwood get back in the win column after dropping its regular season finale. Barker scored twice and assisted on a goal in the half. Neither of his goals were assisted, while Ayden Burd was the recipient of his helper. Jose Alvarez scored a direct kick to put the icing on the cake for the victors. Canisteo-Greenwood advances to play at No. 4 Sodus on Saturday, Oct. 26.No. 10 WILLIAMSON 6No. 7 HAC 1Ayden Cristales took part in five of Williamson’s six goals as it completed the 7-10 upset. Cristales scored two goals and recorded three assists. Luis Ceron and Luis Hurtado got the helpers on Cristales’ goals. Connor Garrod opened and closed the scoring for Williamson, with Cristales’ assisting on each goal. Ceron netted the third assist from Cristales. For Williamson’s fifth goal of the game, Hurtado scored off a feed from Ceron. For HAC, Rafael Ferguson’s first half-goal was aided by Roman Novy-Marx. Williamson’s next matchup will be on Saturday, Oct. 26 at No. 2 Byron-Bergen/Elba.No. 11 CUBA-RUSHORD 1No. 6 HOLLEY 2KJ Biedlingmaier’s first half goal proved to be the game-winner as Holley got back in the win column at the right time. Biedlingmaier scored unassisted in the 34th minute. Carson Major opened the scoring for Holley in the fourth minute. Kohl Morgan assisted Major’s goal. Holley moves on to face No. 3 Addison on Saturday, Oct. 26 on the road.CLASS C2No. 9 CAMPBELL-SAVONA 1No. 8 CALEDONIA-MUMFORD 3No. 13 SOUTH SENECA-ROMULUS 0No. 4 NAPLES 6Austin Chapman’s hat trick led Naples into the next round. Chapman scored his team’s second, fourth and sixth goals of the contest. His only first half goal was assisted by Ben Green. Wyatt Woodard picked up the assist on Chapman’s second goal, while the third was unassisted. Green had two assists on the day, with Ryan Lester converting the second one. Aiden Peterson opened the scoring for Naples, netting a goal from Donivan Todd just under five minutes in. Owen Hulbert scored the fifth goal of the game unassisted. Naples will take on No. 5 Perry at home on Saturday, Oct. 26.No. 12 PAVILION/YORK 0No. 5 PERRY 5Carson DeVinney recorded a hat trick and an assist in Perry’s fifth straight win. DeVinney scored the first two goals of the game, with Tyler Uvieno getting an assist on the first. Dennis VanDuser was credited with the helper on DeVinney’s final goal. Garrett McClurg, who scored the final goal of the first half for Perry, was the recipient of DeVinney’s assist. VanDuser aided on Perry’s fourth goal also, which was scored by Uvieno. Perry’s next game will be at No. 4 Naples on Saturday, Oct. 26.No. 10 RED CREEK 2No. 7 WHEATLAND-CHILI 5No. 11 BOLIVAR-RICHBURG 0No. 6 BLOOMFIELD 6Ryan Wollschleger and Adam Sheehan scored five of Bloomfield’s six goals as it won its second straight game. Wollschleger scored two goals in the first half and another in the second. Sheehan picked up the assist on Wollschleger’s first goal, while Eric Conklin got the assist on his second half goal. Sheehan found the back of the net once in each half. His first was unassisted but the second was aided by Ryan Pere. The other Bloomfield was its first of the game. William Nelson scored it off a feed from Simon Wille. Bloomfield’s next game will be on Saturday, Oct. 26 at No. 3 Marion. Subscribe by Emailcenter_img Wednesday Wrap: Cristales powers Williamson; Biedlingmaier leads Holley in nail-biter Share on Facebook By Paul Cifonelli on October 23, 2019No Comment Connect on Linked in This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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Georgia’s Drought Eases, But Water Restrictions Remain

first_imgAdd to My List In My List Share For Whom The Bell Rings Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility There’s snow in the forecast, but most of Georgia is still in a drought. Thanks to the rain over the past few weeks, there are now no Georgia counties experiencing exceptional drought conditions, which are the worst category in the U.S. Drought Monitor’s scale.Still, there are actually water use restrictions in place for all of metro Atlanta. But those rules are being followed unevenly.In more than 50 Georgia counties lawn watering is limited to two days a week, ornamental fountains have to be turned off, and charity car washes are banned. In some places, including DeKalb County and the city of Atlanta, restaurants aren’t supposed to bring water unless patrons ask for it.“People need to be aware of their water use and be conservative in their water use,” said Gail Cowie, the watershed manager of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s water branch.But many restaurants are still bringing water, like usual. Lillian Govus, the director of communications and community relations for Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management, said she tells restaurants not to when she goes to them.“I’m totally the water police,” she said, laughing.It’s up to the state to impose water use rules, but it’s up to local utilities, like Atlanta Watershed, to enforce them.Govus said restaurants should know about the glass of water rule, because there’s a note in their bills and the people who monitor grease disposal for the city tell them about it.But there isn’t really a “water police” making sure people follow the rules.“We don’t have the staffing for that,” she said. “We don’t have personnel who can only be available during the drought times to do that.”She said luckily we’re out of heavy lawn-watering season, so that shouldn’t be happening too much anyway. And the city is focusing on finding and repairing leaky pipes and busted water mains.All the utilities in the driest areas are now required to tell the state what they’re doing about the drought. The first of those reports is due next week.Like us on Facebook ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

Idaho axes PURPA contract lengths in a bid to slow down solar

first_imgIdaho axes PURPA contract lengths in a bid to slow down solarAn enormous queue of solar projects in the state has prompted state regulator to cut contract lengths under a federal law requiring utilities to purchase power from renewable energy. August 26, 2015 Christian Roselund Legal Markets Markets & Policy Share As cost of solar continues to fall, solar developers are finding new mechanisms to sell power, including regulatory means that were previously impractical.One of the strongest examples of this is the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, or PURPA. Under this 1978 law utilities are required to buy power from renewable energy projects, but only if the price is below the rate under which the utility would otherwise procure power.For the first few decades of PURPA, this calculation of “avoided cost” was far too low for any solar projects to qualify. However, in the last few years a flood of projects in the western United States have been winning contracts under this law.This includes projects in unlikely places, such as the state of Idaho. However, an August 19 ruling by Idaho regulators to cut contract lengths under PURPA to two years may ensure that a boom of large-scale solar in the state is short-lived.This was the contract length requested by two of the state’s large public utilities, who argue that contracts negotiated under PURPA were driving up customer rates, and in some cases “threaten the utility’s ability to reliably deliver energy”. After the two years, developers will be eligible to renew PURPA contracts at new rates.The Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC) has already approved 13 large-scale solar contracts with Idaho Power, the state’s largest utility. While four of these projects dropped out, seven are still viable for a total of 259 MW. The utility further reports that another 1,326 MW of solar projects have applied under PURPA.That is a massive amount of solar for a utility that serves only one million customers, and Idaho Power’s existing non-hydro renewable energy capacity of 1,297 MW is already equivalent to 40% of its peak load and 120% of its minimum load.“I’m not terribly surprised that the commission is doing something about it,” states EQ Research Policy Research Manager Rusty Haynes, who notes that the queue in Idaho is much larger than he has seen in other states in the region. IPUC notes that only a handful of large solar developers are behind this flood of applications.In February IPUC had taken the interim step of reducing PURPA contract lengths to five years, the length recommended by commission staff. The further move to two years was resisted by a number of environmental organizations, who argued that this would damage the state’s solar and wind industries.Renewable developers also noted that when IPUC had set the contract length to five years during 1996 to 2001, only one PURPA contract was executed. “This move creates more uncertainty which is not conducive to moving forward with clean, responsible energy,” states Cliff W. Gilmore, director of communication at Renewable Northwest, one of the parties that argued against the two-year term. However, the IPUC does not seem terribly worried about this outcome, arguing that “the utilities all have ample amounts of PURPA on their systems and additional renewable generation is in the queue.” PURPA contract lengths will remain at 20 years for projects smaller than 100 kW. PURPA is being used by solar developers in other western states. GTM Research estimates that in Utah alone 700 MW-DC of solar PV with PURPA contracts is under development, including SunEdison and Dominion’s massive 420 MW Four Brothers project. A concern for environmentalists and the solar industry is that IPUC’s ruling may be only the first. Gilmore of Renewable Northwest notes that utilities are also seeking to reduce PURPA contract lengths under a recently opened docket before Oregon regulators.This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. 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Houston airport at full ground stop as ‘nightmare’ rainfall, flash flooding wreak havoc in Texas

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) —  Dangerous flash flooding is wreaking havoc in Texas with the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda dumping massive amounts of rain overnight and into the morning.The severe weather prompted a full ground stop at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Thursday morning.In Beaumont — between Houston and Lake Charles, La. — over 250 high-water rescue requests were called into 911, the local police department said Thursday morning.“Please shelter in place and seek high ground,” the Beaumont police tweeted. “DO NOT drive.”Rainfall rates up to 5 inches per hour were reported overnight near Beaumont, Texas, dumping the worst flooding since Hurricane Harvey two years ago.More than 33 inches of rain has fallen in the town of Hamshire, Texas, southwest of Beaumont, since Tuesday — and over 25 inches of that rainfall was overnight.In the small town of Winnie, Texas, the conditions are “horrible,” with flooding making roads impassable, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne told ABC News as the rain pounded down Thursday.The water has “run out of places to go,” the sheriff said.Some homes have four to five feet of water inside, Hawthorne said, and dump trucks and air boats were being used to get people to safety. The sheriff believed about 45 people still needed to be rescued as of Thursday morning.The local hospital stayed open but about one dozen patients were evacuated, he added.“Until it quits raining, it’s gonna be a nightmare,” the sheriff said.The threat isn’t over. What’s left of Tropical Storm Imelda is still sitting over eastern Texas and western Louisiana, bringing more rain Thursday morning.The remains of Imelda will then slowly track north on Thursday spreading rain into northeastern Texas, northern Louisiana and southern Arkansas and Oklahoma.As much as 10 inches of additional rain is expected in eastern Texas and more flash flooding is expected in the next 24 hours.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Police negotiators on scene at hotel after reports of a barricaded gunman, gunshots

first_imgkali9/iStock(HONOLULU) — A man with a firearm has barricaded himself in a Honolulu hotel room following reports of multiple shots being fired, officials said.Honolulu Police Department Captain Brian Lynch said that a 911 call came in at approximately 5:40 p.m. Saturday reporting that multiple shots had been fired at the Kahala Hotel & Resort, according to ABC News’ Honolulu affiliate KITV-TV.According to KITV, Lynch said that there were about five shots fired from a guest’s room on the fourth floor of the hotel and that hotel security responded as the suspect reportedly shot through the door of the room.Lynch said that 18 police officers responded to the scene and immediately evacuated the adjoining rooms and all guests who were on the fourth floor of the Kahala Hotel & Resort.Guests and staff in other areas on the property were asked to shelter-in-place. There have been no injuries reported but social media posts show hundreds of people in the resort’s grand ballroom, according to KITV.The Kahala Hotel & Resort released a statement regarding the ongoing situation on the property.“This evening, an individual with a firearm barricaded himself in one of the guest rooms at The Kahala,” read the statement obtained by KITV. “Our security personnel and law enforcement have evacuated guests and employees from the immediate area and everyone is sheltering in place. We ask that the public refrain from entering the area surrounding the hotel at this time. We will provide further updates as they become available.”Lynch has confirmed that the male suspect involved with the ongoing situation is alone in the room and he may have family staying with him but says they are in a safe place.KITV reports that the suspect is believed to be in the military and maybe stationed on Oahu.Lynch says “it’s a waiting game,” as police negotiators are currently in communication with the man as the standoff continues.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Associate Vice Provost of Advising and Career Services

first_imgPortland State University seeks an Associate ViceProvost of Advising and Career ServicesClickhere to view position profile: https://summitsearchsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/PSU_AVP_Advising_CareerServices_Profile.pdfLocation: Portland,Oregon The Position:Reporting to the Provost,the Associate Vice Provost of Advising and Career Services(AVP-ACS) provides leadership and support to university initiativesand policies that contribute to the academic success of students.The AVP-ACS advances strategies in the areas of academic and careeradvising, community college partnerships, and student supportservices that enhance degree completion and studentsuccess. The higher education landscape is changing rapidly anddisruptively. The AVP-ACS provides leadership and support for PSUinitiatives that respond to these rapid changes, includingdeployment and use of data analytics, process reengineering,cross-institutional partnerships, and a deep focus on understandingand improving student experience. This position, therefore,requires strong interest in innovation in higher education,positive forward-looking attitude, high level of creativity andproblem-solving ability, and the capacity to engage and supportacademic and career advisors, faculty and staff throughchange. The AVP-ACS is responsible for consistent achievement ofobjectives as assigned by the Provost. The AVP-ACS, incollaboration with the advising and career leaders for each branch,will provide leadership to assist in an institutionaltransformation that will position PSU as a national leader inacademic and career advising. The AVP-ACS will providecollaborative leadership and work with AVPs and Directors in otherstudent service units to sustain campus-wide initiatives in supportof improved and integrated student servicepractices. Duties and Responsibilities:StudentSuccessSuccessfully implement services, programs, andplatforms to achieve objectives established by the Provost, focusedon Student First initiatives and metrics. Assure that PSU has along-range advising and career service strategy. Implement a workplan that assures continuous review and improvement in academicadvising and career services. Ensure that the analytics platform isconsistently used to support academic advising and partnershipsacross the University. Ensure that degree maps are updated and madeavailable in a format that is useful to students. Work proactivelywith administrative leadership across the institution to improvepersistence and graduation rates. Assist in the management of theportfolio of student success initiatives in order to ensureefficient and effective execution of the tasks. Conduct researchand write grants to support various projects in the portfolio ofstudent success initiatives as assigned by theProvost. Organizational AlignmentLead the refinement anduse of common advising and career practices, including an advisinghandbook. Build a leadership community where best practices areshared across the campus. Deploy a professional development planfor academic and career advisors. Create an onboarding process fornew professional advisors and faculty mentors joining the advisingcommunity. Ensure that regular performance evaluations are held foremployees in the Division, including annual review of positiondescriptions and that sound human resource practices are inplace.CommunicationHighlight and publicize advising andcareer services-related activities at PSU. Establish sound workingrelationships and cooperative arrangements with academic leadershipand faculty. Represent the services, programs and point of view ofthe Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) to academic schools, colleges,departments, and relevant national venues. Keep the Provostinformed on the condition and critical issues and issues having animpact on student success. Assure that communication within theDivision provides timely, relevant information to employees andengages employees in providing feedback and input in decisionmaking. Community College PartnershipsLead developmentand enhancement of community college partnerships with PSU. Workcollaboratively with community college leadership to implementstrategies for improving the experience of students transferringfrom the community college to PSU. Provide leadership, planning,and oversight for increasing strategic articulation agreements withcommunity colleges. Work with the Director of the Transfer andReturning Student Resource Center to deploy best practices indeveloping articulation agreements across the schools/colleges anddepartments at PSU, including development of transfer articulationdegree maps. Other Functions/DutiesKeep current, and serve asa resource, on emerging and state-of-the-art technologies,research, and trends in student success to enhance PSU’s capacity.Serve on committees related to student success and stay abreast ofdevelopments in the field by attending and participating inconferences and symposia related to studentsuccess. Cultural CompetenceCreate an environment that acknowledges, encourages, andcelebrates differences, aligned with the ACS Anti-RacismStatement and values.Function and communicate effectively and respectfully withinthe context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations,identities, and cultural backgrounds.Seek opportunities to gain experience working and collaboratingin diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with awillingness to change for continual improvement.Adhere to all PSU policies including the policies on ProhibitedDiscrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards ofConduct, which can be found at: https://www.pdx.edu/human-resources/professional-standards-conduct-policy.  Qualifications:Minimum:Master’s degree, preferably in higher education or relatedfield.Five (5) years or more experience in an advising leadershiprole.Advanced knowledge of undergraduate advising, careerdevelopment, and retention strategies.Demonstrated ability to provide campus-wide leadership forstudent success and retention efforts.Supervision of professional-level positions.Demonstrated commitment to multicultural competency andinitiatives to advance the success of underrepresented groups.Successful completion of a criminal backgroundcheck. Preferred:Terminal degree in a related disciplinary field.Experience at an urban university.Demonstrated ability to engage in change management and engagestakeholders collaboratively in the process.Understanding of community college programs and collaborationwith off-campus partners.Knowledge of ADA requirements.Demonstrated excellent communication, presentation, andteaching skills.Demonstrated excellent decision-making skills.Demonstrated commitment to professional development andlife-long learning.Interest in participating in external fund development insupport of the University Career Center.Bi-lingual (preferably Spanish) or experience working in abilingual environment.Knowledge of collective bargainingenvironments. The Transformation of Academic and CareerAdvising:Beginning in 2016 and supported by a$640,000 grant from the APLU and the Coalition of Urban ServingUniversities with support from the Bill & Melinda GatesFoundation, the University implemented the Academic and Career Advising Redesign Project. The project wasdesigned to increase PSU student retention and completion rates andenhance the overall student experience while also making advisingmore rewarding and effective for both professional and facultyadvisors. Since 2018, PSU Undergraduate Academic Advisingoperates in a centralized framework and has identified sevenadvising pathways that provide a consistent 1:1 relationshipbetween an advisor and a student. A Transfer and ReturningStudent Resource Center now serves as a front door and resourceto support prospective and incoming students with a focus oncommunity college outreach. The University Career Centersupports students in all aspects of their career developmentincluding exploration, preparation and planning, job searching, andcareer changes and transitions; the Center also serves alumni.These three units combine to bring a holistic, student-centeredapproach to academic advising and student retention. The work isorganized so it is a source of joy that promotes student successand advancement while creating community, promoting equity, andproviding simpler systems and processes. The overall budget is $5.3M with a total staff of 60 and 30student workers. The AVP has 11 direct reports including ninedirectors, one associate director, and one executive supportspecialist. About the Institution:Portland StateUniversity (PSU) is Oregon’s largest urban university, located inPortland, Oregon. PSU enrolls over 26,000 students and offersprograms for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. PSU is aninternationally recognized university known for excellence instudent learning, innovative research, and community engagement.PSU contributes to the economic vitality, environmentalsustainability, and quality of life in the Portland region andbeyond. Portland State’s 50-acre downtown campus is located in theheart of the city; a hub of culture, business, and technology, andjust 90 minutes from mountains and the Oregon Coast. Employees describe Portland State University as a vibrant,diverse, progressive place to work and an environment that welcomesprocess improvement and innovation. PSU is proud of the work doneto be a welcoming, inclusive, safe, and nurturing environment fordiverse faculty, staff, and students. University President StevenPercy shares, “Promoting equity and justice at PSU is the mostimportant work of my presidency. It will allow PSU to live up toour mission and our aspirations. This work is complex andlayered, requiring care, thought and time. I will continue tolisten, learn and build my capacity to lead this work.” Readmore about the university’s work oncreating a more racially just and equitable place forall. Portland State University is committed to providing access andexcellent education to students from all backgrounds. PSU is anational Collegeof Distinction, a mark of excellence earned for its pioneeringUniversity Studies program, a four-year pathway to undergraduatesuccess. Additionally, the U.S. News & World Report ranks PSUas the No. 1 school in Oregon for social mobility due to theinstitution graduating the highest number of economicallydisadvantaged students and No. 5 nationwide for ServiceLearning. Open forFall, Open for All honors PSU’s commitment to equity andopportunity. Recognizing that students from low-income families andmarginalized communities face even greater barriers due to therecent pandemic, PSU’s mission compels it to provide greater accessand supports to students who completed high school with lower GPAsthan they would have earned in pre-COVID times. PSU is proud topartner with students through its Summer Bridge program and tosupport their college journey with tuition support through FourYears Free and other scholarship programs. The Summer Bridgeprogram consists of two courses that are offered at no charge toqualified applicants. In support of its student success goals, PSU, ledby Provost SusanJeffords, has outlined a strategic framework for organizing andcoordinating a campus-wide focus on student success, StudentsFirst. Four focus pillars (persistence, academic success,affordability and the student experience), supported by thestrategic use of data, define metrics, set explicit institutionaltargets, and put powerful data tools in the hands of the peoplebest positioned to act on that data. See www.pdx.edu for additionalinformation about the institution. To Apply:Confidential review ofapplications will begin immediately and continue until the positionis filled. Applications can be submitted immediately andwill be reviewed as they come in. Those received by May 3, 2021will be given firstconsideration. To apply, go to: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=su226.Please submit your CV and a letter of interest that demonstratesyour interest, expertise, and skills concerning theresponsibilities of the position. For more information or to offer recommendations ornominations:StephanieRivas-FowlerSenior ConsultantSummit SearchSolutions, Inc.(530) [email protected] Arasi AdkinsSenior ConsultantSummit SearchSolutions, Inc.(336) [email protected] Portland State University is an affirmative action/equalopportunity employer and seeks candidates who are committed to thehighest standards of scholarship and professional activities and acampus climate that supports equality, diversity, andinclusion.last_img read more