Longtime ECISD leader retiring

first_imgLocal News Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleDaniel Lopez Jr.Next articleOAT052419 OPD hit and run Digital AIM Web Support Bowie Middle School principal Sheila Stevenson is retiring after 35 years with ECISD. After almost 35 years with Ector County Independent School District, Bowie Middle School Principal Shelia Stevenson is retiring.Through the years, Stevenson has taught drama, reading, seventh and eighth-grade English, emerging technology, which was a new computer course, and was the coordinator of school-within-a-school at Permian High School for a year.That was for “over-aged, at-risk ninth through 12th-graders.” She then became the assistant principal and the vice principal at PHS, followed by principal at Bowie Middle School. She is completing her eighth year there.“I made the announcement to the faculty and staff on March the 22nd that I would be retiring effective June the 28th,” Stevenson said.Prior to ECISD, Stevenson worked for two years with the University of Texas System at University of Texas Permian Basin and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.Brian Ellington, an assistant principal of Abell Junior High School in Midland, will become the new principal at Bowie. Stevenson said she thinks he’ll do well.After more than three decades in education, Stevenson said, she knew it was time to enjoy the fruits of her labor.“I will remain in the city, continuing to take care of my 90-year-old mother, looking forward to spending time with my husband, children and grandchildren and I’m going to continue community service with a new nonprofit. It’s called QR Club, which stands for Queens Rock, and a few other undertakings. Then I’m going to relax and travel with my already retired husband,” Stevenson said.Stevenson and her husband, Clarence, have three grown children and four grandchildren.QR Club will involve working with “many, many queens in the city between the ages of 11 and 18.”“We’re going to work on their self-esteem. We’re going to work on projects that are going to help with community service. We’re going to work with projects that will help them as they continue to plan their graduation,” post graduation and plans for the future, Stevenson said.“I want to work with kids to make sure they know that there is potential for greatness for students, so we’re going to be working with those kids all year and they’ll come from many of the schools within ECISD,” she added.After 15 years as an administrator, Stevenson said the children are the most rewarding part of her job.“There is nothing more humbling than to bond with students when they stop me in the hallways to chat, or when I get the handwritten notes from students acknowledging thanks, suggestions and concerns. I enjoyed creating a culture and climate with faculty and seeing our commitment to building strong, meaningful relationships. I enjoyed the many parents that daily entrusted me with the process of teaching their children to become lifelong learners,” she added.She also enjoyed seeing the success students had and the impact she had on many adults, students and parents.What she won’t miss are people who disrespect educators and those who don’t put young people first.“… But I know I’m going to miss the daily interactions with staff, the teachers and administrators because it’s like seeing your friends at work. They are my family, so I’m going to miss that,” Stevenson said.A native Odessan, Stevenson graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and a minor in Spanish and English. She earned a master’s in educational leadership from UTPB.When she graduated from UT Arlington, one of her mentors, the late Joseph Rutledge, who was principal of Blackshear when it was a high school, approached Stevenson and said ECISD needed her to teach and he needed her to teach.Then the late Winfred Richmond, who was principal at Ector High School, and his assistant principal Steve Brown, now an ECISD trustee, gave her the chance to be a reading teacher at Ector Junior High.She was in a clerical slot for five weeks before a teaching spot opened.Having a degree, but no certification was kind of tough, she said. So once she got her foot in the door, she got a reading teacher position and earned her reading endorsement from UTPB.Brown said Stevenson was fantastic teacher and a “phenomenal role model in the community.”He added that she moved right up, taking on a variety of leadership roles, including her posts at Permian when he was principal. Brown said she did an exceptional job there.He said he was thrilled to see her get the principal position at Bowie and noted that she “takes care of business” and makes decisions that are in the best interest of students.“She’ll be missed. … Shelia’s just a great person, a great individual with a beautiful family. She will be missed. I can tell you that,” Brown said. Longtime ECISD leader retiringcenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 last_img read more


UK Navy and Southsea Mark 70th D Day Anniversary

first_img View post tag: 70th UK Navy and Southsea Mark 70th D Day Anniversary Authorities View post tag: and View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: ‘D-Day’ View post tag: UK Navy View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today UK Navy and Southsea Mark 70th D Day Anniversary center_img View post tag: Southsea Share this article View post tag: Anniversary Thousands of people from across the UK descended on Southsea in Portsmouth for the 70th anniversary commemorations of D Day. View post tag: mark June 6, 2014 Veterans were given pride of place at a special Drumhead ceremony near the war memorial with 144 members of all three Services on parade as a ceremonial guard of honour as well as representation from the Canadian and French navies and 48 cadets.Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal took the salute at the dias after inspecting those on parade followed by music from the 42-strong band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Portsmouth, readings, hymns and prayers in memory of events 70 years ago.As well as the ceremony 138 Royal Marines, Royal Navy and Royal Netherlands Marine Corps demonstrated their amphibious skills with an assault onto Southsea beach. Launched ashore by landing craft from the Fleet Flagship HMS Bulwark and the HNLMS Johan de Witt, the marines stormed the area, fighting their way through enemy personnel and finishing their demonstration in front of the crowd. Two Royal Navy Sea Kings from 845 Naval Air Squadron based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose also swooped in to land Royal Marines in the thick of the action.Commentary of the assault was provided by HMS Bulwark’s Amphibious Operations Officer Lieutenant Colonel Rich Maltby.He said: “There has been a lot of planning going on in the lead-up to the DDay event between us and the Dutch marines and it is fantastic to finally be here and demonstrate the amphibious capabilities of both nations. It is a real crowd pleaser – and it gives people here the opportunity to see the Royal Marines in action.”Following a 22-minute display from the Red Arrows the events were then finished with a sailpast of five ships – HMS Bulwark, HNLMS Johan de Witt, FS Somme, RnoN Thor Heyerdahl and RDN Sabotoren.Type 23 frigate HMS Richmond has also sailed for the D Day events and will host a number of high profile receptions for the First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas.[mappress]Press Release, June 06, 2014; Image: UK Navy View post tag: europelast_img read more


Acting dean for Medical School

first_imgBarbara J. McNeil, the Ridley Watts Professor of Health Care Policy and professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), has been named acting dean of the Faculty of Medicine, effective Aug. 1, President Drew Faust and Provost Alan Garber announced today.A member of the HMS faculty since 1983 and founding chair of the HMS department of health care policy since 1988, McNeil will assume the post once Dean Jeffrey S. Flier steps down on July 31. McNeil also was acting dean in the summer of 2007, shortly before Flier took office.“Barbara [McNeil] is one of Harvard Medical School’s most able and experienced leaders, scholars, educators, and institutional citizens,” said Faust and Garber in a message announcing the appointment. “We are fortunate to have someone of her wisdom, perspective, experience, and strong institutional values to guide HMS through this interim period.”“Harvard Medical School is one of the world’s great centers of medical education and biomedical research, and I’ve been privileged to call it my professional home for decades,” said McNeil. “I am pleased to help guide the School through this period of transition, and I look forward to working with colleagues across the Harvard medical community as well as with President Faust and Provost Garber.”McNeil holds a bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College and received her M.D. from Harvard Medical School. She did her internship in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, received her Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Harvard, and did her residency in radiology at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Children’s Hospital Medical Center.Starting in 1974, she progressed through the HMS faculty ranks as an instructor, assistant professor, and then associate professor of radiology before being named full professor in 1983, with appointments in radiology and clinical epidemiology. In 1987 she was also named a professor in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Her interest in the quality and costs of patient care led in 1988 to the founding of HMS’s department of health care policy, which she has chaired ever since.McNeil’s research has focused largely on identifying the most appropriate, effective, and highest-quality medical technologies and imaging procedures for patients. She was one of the first physicians to apply the techniques of decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis to the study of new imaging technologies. In 1989 she founded the Radiology Diagnostic Imaging Group, the first government-sponsored initiative of its kind. Having long maintained a strong presence in both the HMS Quadrangle and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she is renowned for her work in radiology, technology analysis, quality of care, and patient outcomes.“I have known, admired, and worked with Barbara for many years, and she is a leader with a proven track record and a deep knowledge and appreciation of the HMS ecosystem,” said Flier. “The school will be in excellent hands.”Over the decades, McNeil has served on advisory councils for a wide array of public and private biomedical organizations. She currently serves in key roles for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, the Boston Foundation for Sight, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, among others. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and the American College of Radiology, among other professional societies.Long a prominent presence in the academic leadership of HMS, she also has served on a wide range of HMS and University committees over the years, including two decades on the HMS faculty council and service on such bodies as the HMS faculty advisory committee on administration and management, the medical education reform executive committee, the board of advisors to the M.D.-Ph.D. program, the steering committee for the M.D.-M.B.A. program, the executive committee for the new HMS department of biomedical informatics, and the advisory committee for Harvard University Health Services.In their message, Faust and Garber said that the search for a new dean of the Faculty of Medicine is progressing well.last_img read more


UK pensions regulator, Arcadia row over details of BHS sale

first_img“This evidence of Ms Titcomb has been widely reported in the press, but it is incorrect,” Goldman said.He went on to detail how TPR was informed of Arcadia’s desire to sell BHS, and noted that the regulator sought – and was granted – an “urgent” meeting a week before the sale was announced to clarify how the sale could impact the BHS schemes.“Specifically,” the letter adds, “in relation to the BHS pension schemes, [Arcadia chairman] Sir Philip [Green] expressed his strong wish to agree a sustainable solution, and there was a discussion as to the possibility of implementing a restructuring with the approval of TPR.”The chairman of the work and pensions select committee, Labour MP Frank Field, said the letter was an “important intervention”, and that the central message was “disturbing”.Responding to the letter, a TPR spokesperson said that, while it did conduct the meeting with Arcadia, it was not given “sufficient information” to gauge the impact of the sale on the pension fund.The regulator also noted that companies hoping to conduct a sale were able to apply for a clearance statement if there were concerns about the sale’s impacting a fund.However, it noted that Arcadia did not approach it for such a clearance statement.“Given our concerns regarding the BHS pension scheme and the circumstance relating to the sale, and in the absence of clearance, we opened an anti-avoidance investigation, which superseded our earlier valuation investigation,” the spokesperson added.TPR confirmed last month it was investigating the collapse of BHS. Arcadia Group, the former owner of UK retailer BHS, has criticised the Pensions Regulator (TPR) over evidence given to a parliamentary committee, arguing the regulator’s chief executive made inaccurate statements.In a letter to the work and pensions select committee and the business, innovation and skills committee, Arcadia company secretary Adam Goldman criticised Lesley Titcomb, chief executive of TPR.Titcomb was speaking to the joint parliamentary committee about the combined £571m (€734m) buyout deficit left in the two BHS defined benefit schemes following the sponsor’s collapse – a hearing that saw suggestions that the regulator lacked the “teeth” to enforce existing laws.Goldman criticised Titcomb for saying the regulator only learned of Arcadia’s decision to sell BHS to Retail Acquisition when deal was made public in March 2015.last_img read more


Women’s hockey: Badgers fall short but leave impressive legacy

first_imgEven though the season came to a bitter end, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team still has so much to be proud of.For starters, the Badgers managed to edge out their rivals, 2016 NCAA champions, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities for the USCHO.com No. 1 pre-season ranking. Even though Wisconsin fell to Minnesota during the semifinal round of the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four tournament, it was the Badgers’ impressive talent and intense work ethic that made USCHO.com choose them over the Gophers.One of the key reasons behind this ranking was Wisconsin’s senior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens, who had managed to earn an impressive 21 shutouts during the 2015-16 season. Along with an impressive number of shutouts, Desbiens also held an NCAA record for save percentage (.960) and goals-against average (.76) for the season.Women’s hockey: Badgers bring home WCHA title for third year in a rowFor the third year in a row, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is WCHA postseason champion. The Badgers (31-2-4-0, Read…Desbiens had much to build on, and it appeared she had a high bar set for herself during the 2016-17 season. Desbiens not only kept up with the intense standards she had achieved last season, but she added several more records to her resume, including a record number of career shutouts (54) for either a man or a woman, a .963 save percentage and .71 goals-against average.Desbiens was just one of the six Wisconsin seniors who would help this team achieve greatness. Senior captain and forward Sydney McKibbon would prove to be quite the asset when Wisconsin needed her the most.If the Badgers found themselves with a need to score, it was McKibbon they called on. McKibbon would end the season with a grand total of 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) for the Badgers, making her the fourth-highest scorer for UW.McKibbon was also assisted by Sarah Nurse, who made a major scoring impact for Wisconsin this year. Nurse has an impressive 53 points (25 goals, 28 assists), a +42 record for the season and an astonishing three hat tricks this year. Nurse would be the second-highest scorer for UW this season, and her absence will leave a great hole for the Badgers come 2017-18.Nurse’s fellow line mate Annie Pankowski truly anchored the Badger team this season. Even though Pankowski started off the season with a bit of a scoring slump, not scoring a goal until Nov. 16 against the University of Minnesota, Duluth, this slow start did not phase her, as she would end the season with a total of 55 points (25 points, 30 assists), a +42 record and two hat tricks.The first line was completed with Emily Clark, who truly managed to win some games for Wisconsin this year. Clark had a grand total of 9 game-winning goals this season, which added to a grand total of 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) and a +48 record, the highest overall on the team.It wasn’t just the upperclassman that led this Badger team to an outstanding season. Freshmen like Abby Roque, who garnered the WCHA Rookie of the Year award, Presley Norby, Mekenzie Steffen, with 2 game-winning goals, Alexis Mauermann and Maddie Rowe all made quite an impact during their first year.Another freshman who made some waves this year was goaltender Nikki Cece, who is expected to step in for Desbiens after she graduates. Cece skated into the net when Desbiens sustained a concussion early this season, and managed to earn four wins and even get her first shut out in her collegiate career.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin three wins away from national champion crownIn their final home game of the 2016-17 season, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team will take on ECAC’s Read…Even though the season ended without Wisconsin bringing home the NCAA championship trophy, the Badgers still managed to win the WCHA regular-season and post-season titles. Wisconsin ended their season with a 33-3-4 record in the NCAA and a 22-2-4 record in the WCHA.Wisconsin will retire some truly great seniors this year, with Desbiens, Nurse, McKibbon, Mikayla Johnson, Jenny Ryan and Mellissa Channell all completing their final season of eligibility this year. This senior class has helped Wisconsin earn three WCHA post-season titles, two WCHA regular-season titles and four Frozen Four appearances.With so much accomplished this year, and with Wisconsin retaining three of their top five scorers (Pankowski, Clark, Roque) next year, the team’s 2016-17 run is yet another amazing season the Badgers can add to the record books.last_img read more


Protests Turn Violent in Parts of Florida After George Floyd’s Death

first_imgElsewhere in around the state, protesters in Tampa broke store windows and set a gas station on fire on Saturday night, also following a peaceful daytime demonstration.In Tallahassee, the situation got even more dangerous, when a pickup truck drive through a crowd of protestors. The vehicle then stopped and started again, with a person on its hood at one point. No serious injuries were reported there, according to police.Police handcuffed the driver but did not release his identity or say whether he would face charges.Closer to home, a group also gathered on Saturday afternoon at Lake Worth Beach City Hall to protest the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.During that demonstration, two people pulled the American flag from its flagpole, tore it, and then attempted to burn it in front of the CVS near City Hall.Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies ended up retrieving the destroyed flag, and will dispose of it with a proper burial.The crowd later departed City Hall, moved down Lake Avenue, and then traveled to Bryant Park. No arrests or other issues were reported locally. Protests in downtown Miami became violent Saturday night, as demonstrators began throwing objects at police and setting vehicles on fire.The protests, which took place over the death of George Floyd last Monday in Minneapolis, started peacefully in the afternoon, but turned once the crowd made its way onto I-95, shutting down traffic there in both directions for hours.Police ultimately fired tear gas into a group of people who were gathered outside the Miami Police Department, as protesters could be seen throwing rocks and setting police cruisers on fire in the downtown area.Officers in riot gear also stood in formation, as the protesters threw rocks and kicked tear gas canisters at them.In addition, looting could be seen from a news helicopter above Bayside Marketplace along Biscayne Boulevard.The Miami protest started peacefully near the Torch of Friendship around 3 p.m.At least 38 people in Miami-Dade County were arrested overnight, as Mayor Carlos Jimenez implemented a curfew from 10 p.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Sunday, and from 8 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.last_img read more


Hampshire Rose victory for Alice

first_img Teenager Alice Hewson held on tight to beat a swing wobble and win the Hampshire Rose by a stroke at North Hants. “It’s great to win,” said the 17-year-old international from Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire. “It’s incredible to follow some of the names on the board, like Charley Hull, Georgia Hall and Hannah Burke.” Hewson made an excellent start to the event, as she put some swing changes into effect, but she was forced to dig deep to win. She was two-under for the first round and was four-under after 28 holes, but then she slipped back to old methods and on to the bogey trail. “My driving got a bit wayward, but I managed to just about keep a score going. I didn’t know how big my lead was, but I knew a couple of people had had good front nines and were getting closer. Then I birdied the 17th and that gave me a little bit of room going down the last,” she said. “I was very pleased to hold on when it was getting difficult.” She finished on one-over for 36 holes and one shot clear of Inci Mehmet (Royal Mid-Surrey) and Sophie Keech (Parkstone). Eloise Healey (West Lancashire) and Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) were a further stroke back. Hewson will become a student at Clemson University in South Carolina, USA, later this year. Last year she helped England win both the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals and this season she has reached the matchplay stages of both the Spanish and French championships. Leading final scores Par 73 CSS 75 75 147 Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) 71 76  148 Inci Mehmet (Royal Mid-Surrey) 76 72; Sophie Keech (Parkstone) 76 72 149 Eloise Healey (West Lancashire) 78 71; Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) 76 73 151 Luan Skeates (The Buckinghamshire) 76 75  152 Jade Guest (Gog Magog) 75 77; Ella Ofstedahl (Mill Green) 73 79 153 Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) 77 76; Rebecca Gibbs (Bristol & Clifton) 76 77 13 Apr 2015 Hampshire Rose victory for Alice last_img read more


Summer Play Can Lead To Increased Dental Trauma

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0 Submitted Dr. Benjamin D. Ruder, DDS for Small To Tall Pediatric DentistryAs the sunny days make their return to the Pacific Northwest, kids of all ages figuratively and literally dive headfirst into their favorite outdoor activities: baseball, bike riding, swimming, swinging, and everything else under the sun.  Unfortunately, with this increase in outdoor exuberance comes a rise in dental trauma and injury to the oral soft tissues.  No one ever intends to fall and break a tooth or split a lip; but when it happens, timely and appropriate attention is key to minimizing adverse effects and maximizing a successful outcome.Dental trauma is one of the most common results of head and neck injuries. Approximately 30% of all preschool children suffer from a dental injury to the primary dentition (baby teeth), while approximately 20% of adolescents and young adults sustain dental injury to the permanent teeth. The early stages of developing motor coordination (climbing, walking) are the primary reason for falls and consequent dental injury in preschool-aged children, while damage to the permanent teeth in adolescents and young adults is primarily related to falls, traffic accidents, violence, and sports.Given this frequent nature of dental trauma in the early years of life, pediatric dentists receive extensive specialized training in the treatment and management of oral injuries.  Determining proper treatment means not just looking at the type of trauma, but also the age of the child, status of tooth development, and extent of tooth, pulp or gum involvement.  Along those lines, treatment for children with injury to primary teeth differs significantly from that of those with trauma to permanent teeth.Oral injuries can vary considerably in severity and level of involvement, and the severity is not always immediately evident.  Parents and patients should realize that the oral environment is a very vascular region.  Minor lip, tongue, cheek, or gingival lacerations can produce considerable bleeding; once controlled and managed, a more accurate assessment of the trauma can be made. Fortunately the oral soft tissues heal very quickly and successfully, and while the initial injury may appear alarming at first, the end-result is oftentimes unnoticeable.  However, should an oral injury cause a deep laceration or uncontrollable bleeding, a consultation should be sought for appropriate management and attention.In any one incident, teeth can be bumped, fractured, displaced, knocked out (avulsed), or a combination of the aforementioned.  Each type of injury is managed differently, and timely follow-up with a dental professional is usually recommended in order to determine severity and specific treatment.  The injuries that require the most immediate attention are those in which:A tooth fracture exposes the nerve.The tooth is noticeably displaced.A tooth is avulsed (knocked out).Should you suspect the injury falls into any of these three scenarios, do not hesitate to contact your dental provider immediately.   Most studies suggest that treatment provided within 60 minutes from the time of injury results in the most successful outcome.  Delay in urgent treatment could potentially lead to the need for root canal therapy, or in worst case scenario could result in the unsuccessful rehabilitation of the tooth and eventual removal.The Academy of Dental Traumatology recently developed a useful online guide to aid both patients and providers to manage each specific type of dental trauma.  While this guide is particularly informative, it should not be considered an alternative to a comprehensive exam provided by a dental professional.  And certainly, if a head injury resulting in unconsciousness is ever witnessed or suspected, consultation with a medical physician is always recommended prior to addressing any dental issues.Accidents and dental trauma are never planned, but can oftentimes be prevented in the case of sporting activities with the use of athletic mouthguards.  Studies have shown that the risk for dental injury nearly doubles when a protective mouthguard is not worn during certain sporting activities.  Store-bought athletic mouthguards provide adequate protection, and are most useful for the growing child in which the dental status is actively changing.  But for more ideal protection of permanent teeth in young adults, improved comfort, and unique color design, custom-fit mouthguards can be easily fabricated by your dental provider.As much as we wish we could protect our children from accidents and injury, they are oftentimes a fact of life despite all best intentions.  When dental trauma does occur, the way in which the situation is managed can make all the difference.  Sometimes the treatment is simple, and sometimes a more complex approach is required.  No matter the case, quick diagnosis and treatment is always best.  For any questions regarding dental trauma or your child’s dental health, please feel free to contact Small to Tall Pediatric Dentistry.References:Andersson, Lars. Epidemiology of traumatic dental injuries. Pediatric Dentistry. 2013; 35(2): 102-5.American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Guideline on Management of Acute Dental Trauma. AAPD Reference Manual. 2012-2013; 34(6): 230-238.http://www.dentaltraumaguide.orglast_img read more