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Student employees honored

first_imgWhen he arrived at Harvard, Max Vumbaca ’19 didn’t expect his work-study job to define his postgraduate plans. Then he started working at First Church Shelter in Cambridge, and things changed.Vumbaca, who’s concentrating in philosophy, found the position at First Church in 2018 after two years volunteering at the student-run Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. He sets up and runs a weekly dinner service for 14 shelter residents and occasionally works a 12-hour overnight shift.“I knew I wanted to do some kind of public service while at Harvard,” said Vumbaca. “Working at First Church has really influenced what kind of work I want to do after graduation and set me on the path of recognizing that housing and homelessness is a visible, pressing issue.”Vumbaca’s job is one of the many student employment experiences celebrated at the recent Harvard Student Employee of the Year event, hosted by the Student Employment Office and the Griffin Office of Financial Aid. He and 23 other students were nominated for the award by their workplace supervisors on- and off-campus. Eleanor Lieberman ’19 was this year’s winner for her work as an assistant for the Division of Academic and Public Programming at the Harvard Art Museums. Lieberman’s supervisors highlighted her creativity and professionalism in creating colorful sticker packs based on the hues found in the Museums’ Forbes Pigment Collection and an archival research project on the Naumburg Room.The event was held April 18 as part of National Student Employment Week.According to the Student Employment Office, 78 percent of students work in some capacity during their time at Harvard, and 39 percent of seniors said they started working during their first year on campus. The honorees at the event included students working in research, administration, and childcare, and representing a range of experiences and academic backgrounds.,“For many students, working is a major part of their College experience and can be a major part of their overall career trajectories,” Matthew Akre, assistant director of financial aid for student employment, told the nominees. “We look for ways to remove barriers for students while keeping in mind the demands of time that many students face day to day.”For some, working can be a way to practice skills learned in the classroom in a nonacademic setting. Nominee Salvador Peña, a master’s student at Harvard Divinity School, is a student affairs assistant at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Student Affairs Office. For about 16 hours a week, he works with graduate students who need assistance with policies and requirements on campus and while studying abroad.“It feels good to be of service and put other students at ease,” said Peña. “Most of the courses that I take for my own degree are psychology-related or spiritual-care-related counselling, and one of the things that I do at work is help people lower their stress levels and say, ‘It’s going to be fine.’ Because it is usually fine in the end.”Ikeoluwa Adeyemi’s job at the Korea Institute (KI) dovetailed with her academic pursuits as a sociology concentrator with a secondary in East Asian Studies. Adeyemi ’19 has worked as a student assistant at KI for almost three years, helping staff with event planning and execution as well as with office tasks such as inventory and mail management. In the process, she has been exposed to new scholarship on Korea and has formed relationships with faculty and staff in the field.“Everyone at the KI is kind and generous, and it’s a very flexible work environment, which is important for me as a student,” she said. “I’ve gained confidence in interacting with people in academia, and have been able to stay in touch with faculty in the East Asian Studies Department, which is valuable.”For Vumbaca, student employment was an opportunity to gain a new set of skills and expertise. During his time at First Church, Vumbaca has learned about the housing systems in Cambridge and is able to connect shelter guests to resources they might need, but he also sees the value in forming human connections with the people he meets.,“There aren’t always many people that our guests can talk to about difficult things in their lives, and I’ve become better at being a sympathetic listener and asking questions,” he said. “The more meaningful and memorable experiences are sitting down and having really intimate and difficult conversations.”At the awards celebration held at the Smith Campus Center, student employees’ contributions to the University were recognized by senior leadership, including William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aidand a former student employee at Harvard.“We have such a range of things that people can do here, and you have set an example for others about the power and dignity of all kinds of work,” said Fitzsimmons, who recalled his own undergraduate experience working at several jobs, from dorm crew to Harvard Libraries. “One of the things I liked right away [when I arrived on campus] was the continuity of doing hard, honest work, and the intellectual exercise that is Harvard. I would honestly say that one of the most memorable times during my undergraduate experience was the camaraderie I had with people doing tough jobs that needed to get done.” Related At Public Interested, alumni encourage students to pursue work in public service Talia Gillis became pregnant with twins while taking on two doctoral programs center_img The power to make a difference Home and economicslast_img read more

Buyers turn to Gold Coast acreage property for space and privacy

first_imgA Gold Coast buyers bought 47 Glenrowan Drive, Tallai.Mr Graham said the property had one of the best views of the Gold Coast with a vista from North Stradbroke Island to Coolangatta.He said buyers looking in Tallai were generally after space and privacy. The home at 47 Glenrowan Drive, Tallai is modern and stylish. 47 Glenrowan Drive, Tallai sold to a Gold Coast man for $1.76 million.A SPRAWLING retreat on the Gold Coast has changed hands for $1.76 million, smashing the street record by $260,000.The huge 10.67ha property at 47 Glenrowan Drive, Tallai features a four-bedroom house with spectacular views over the Gold Coast. Buyers are turning to Tallai for space and privacy.“The people who came through this are people who are sick of that 700sq m to 800sq m block,” he said.’“They have kids who go to All Saints or Somerset College and want room for their kids to run around, for their pets to run around and no neighbours.”The median house price in Tallai is $840,000, up 29 per cent over five years. Check out that view!Agent Robert Graham from Ray White Prestige Gold Coast said the vendors had lived in the property since 2005.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“They are downsizing and moving to a golf course,” he said.“The buyer was a young man from the Gold Coast who was wanting some space and land.”last_img read more

Harrell’s offense prepares for tough Utah front

first_img“It’s no different,” Slovis said. “In every level of football, I’ve faced some form of adversity … It’s a learning curve, and you’ve got to adjust and get better.” While the USC team doesn’t quite match Utah’s for size, the Trojan offense brings confidence and discipline into Friday’s home faceoff.  The team must set its sights forward this week in order to avoid a mid-season slump. Slovis remains confident in the team’s ability to rebound from last week’s trap loss to BYU. Offensive coordinator Graham Harrell runs a pass-heavy offense that will look to incorporate the run game more Friday against the visiting Utah Utes. (Photo courtesy of USC Athletics) “No matter what the situation is, no matter what the play is, we have to be disciplined enough to continue to adjust our reads,” Harrell said. “We’ve got to be disciplined enough to just do our job and focus on our job every single snap.” “You’ve gotta figure out, what does the quarterback execute at a high level?” Harrell said. “What does he feel comfortable with? What does he see well? And if you call those plays, they usually work.” This week, the coaches said the team will incorporate the ground game within Harrell’s typically pass-heavy offense. They claim Slovis is prepared to face Utah’s dominant defense. Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis appeared to be out of his element last week facing BYU’s rush-three, drop-eight defense. The Cougars forced Slovis into tough situations, leading him to throw two interceptions in the first quarter and one more in overtime. On top of his passing woes, the young quarterback seemed unprepared to hand off the ball in times of need. center_img “When you’re talking about this Utah front, you’re looking at four or five [future] NFL players,” Helton said. “It’ll be a great challenge for our offensive line. I told our guys in the team meeting right off the bat, this is going to be a big man’s game. I think that whoever controls the offensive and defensive fronts will win the game.” With only six days between their disappointing defeat at BYU and their upcoming match against No. 10 Utah, the Trojans have taken advantage of every second of practice this past week.  “I loved how they jumped right back out here and jumped right back into work,” head coach Clay Helton said Monday. “[The team is] looking forward to the next opportunity to compete against a good Utah football team.” With offensive coordinator Graham Harrell at USC’s play-calling helm, the name of the Trojans’ game will be comfortability and execution. If the Trojan offense can focus on its job rather than the unfavorable odds, it may have a chance to pull out an upset at the Coliseum. Slovis will need to rely on his formidable rushing squad, namely junior Stephen Carr and redshirt junior Vavae Malepeai, to infiltrate the Utes’ drop-focused defense. To call the Utah team talented is an understatement. Led by a pair of seniors, quarterback Tyler Huntley and running back Zack Moss, the Utes have crushed all competition so far this season. The 3-0 team shows no areas of apparent weakness — it has scored 96 points this season while allowing just 29.last_img read more

Final preparations for Ba Ba’s clash.

first_imgHead coach Joe Schmidt has just one session to try and integrate the newcomers into the experimental squad that he has named for tomorrow’s match against the Barbarians.There’s seven uncapped players who will be getting their first chance to impress the management team, with the likes of Luke McGrath and Stuart McCloskey hoping to make an impact this week.last_img