Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Culture Club is cut-price route to the right mixOn 22 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Creating a culture of inclusion in the workplace costs next to nothing toimplement, according to the HR director at Kingston Technology Iona Elliott. Elliott explained that the company has a European workforce of 171,including people from 33 nationalities, speaking 20 different languages. Kingston Technology, which makes computer memory modules for electronicproducts, runs a series of, on the face of it, fairly simply schemes to developemployee involvement and promote diversity. A ‘Culture Club’ is run each month to celebrate different days, such as StPatrick’s Day, Bastille Day and the unification of Germany. Staff from the relevant country have the opportunity to teach others abouttheir culture, and the food in the canteen is based on that nation’s food. Company sporting events also incorporate the different cultures and Kingstonhas just finished running a Chinese Chess competition. “Two of our Chinese workers suggested it,” Elliott said. “Ifpeople propose something then those people have to run it, but we will helpthem. “The two guys went to Soho, picked up boards and ran the wholetournament. The HR department promoted it and provided prizes,” she said. Elliott said the benefits of such events are clear to see and she believesthey create a highly motivated workforce “After the events there is a buzz around the place,” she said.”Sport is one of the best involvement tools you can use. It costs next tonothing.” Related posts:No related photos.
Granulite-facies metamorphism affecting the Slishwood Division was extreme. Three samples yielded P–T conditions of 15.8, 14, 14.9kbar at 810, 750 and 880°C, respectively. Four Sm–Nd mineral isochrons, defined by granulite-facies basic and pelitic metamorphic assemblages, yield ages of 544 ± 52 Ma, 539 ± 11 Ma, 596 ± 68 Ma and 540 ± 50 Ma. These ages confirm that granulite- and earlier eclogite- facies metamorphism took place before the c. 470Ma Grampian Orogeny. Detailed chronological interpretation is inhibited by microscopic inclusions within, and isotope disequilibrium between, the dated minerals. It is possible that the ages record crystallisation of either the granulite or eclogite-facies assemblages. However, it is more likely that they record post-metamorphic cooling. Relict pre-granulite-facies igneous minerals from a metagabbro body possibly date its intrusion at 580 ± 36 Ma. Extreme metamorphism in the late Neoproterozoic to Early Cambrian suggests that the Slishwood Division is exotic to Laurentia.
The assistant director of housing operations provides oversight andleadership for operations and assignments on a liberal arts,undergraduate, residential campus. Colgate University students andstaff are collaborative, intellectually engaged, student-centered,and highly communicative. The successful candidate for thisposition will demonstrate their ability to excel and achieve inthis high touch environment.The primary responsibility of this position includes on-campusoccupancy management, housing selection, off-campus housinglottery, marketing and communications, central office operations,key operations, damage billing, furniture inventory, and emergencyroom management. Additionally, the position is highlycommunicative, as it engages heavily with students and families.The assistant director will build and maintain strong relationshipswith colleagues in Facilities, Student Accounts, Summer Programs,Administrative Advising, International Student Services, andInformation Technology.The assistant director is a member of the leadership team inResidential Life and will lead department staff through housing andoperational processes in a collaborative and team-orientedapproach. The position provides strong direction and clearcommunication to students and staff surrounding housing operations.The position indirectly supervises Area Director staff as itrelates to housing operations. A bachelor’s degree is required.A master’s degree in higher education, student personnel,counseling, or a related field is preferred. Ideal candidates will have:○ Knowledge of Housing and Residence Life as a functionalarea○ Educational and work history in Higher Education○ Ability to problem solve both personnel issues and projectissues○ Strong planning, organization, communication, and prioritizationskillsEnthusiasm about engaging with the diverse students, staff, andfaculty with whom the Residential Life team partners. Job Open Date12/17/2020 Accountabilities EEO Statement Preferred Qualifications ○ 3+ years experience in Housing and/or Residential Life○ Experience with online housing software○ Experience in a residential liberal arts setting Education Open Until FilledNo It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate againstany employee or applicant for employment on the basis of theirrace, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin,marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexualorientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information,being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking,familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate isan Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates fromhistorically underrepresented groups, women, persons withdisabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Department Statement For more information, click the “How to Apply” button. Job Close Date Candidates are asked to provide a minimum of three professionalreferences; preferably, one of whom is a current or formersupervisor. Please upload a document that contains the contactinformation for each reference, when prompted to submit requiredmaterials. On-Campus Housing● Implementation of clear housing operations processes in line withdepartment and university goals including but not limited toassignments, opening, closing, room changes, and selectionprocesses.● Utilize Symplicity residential software to contribute to themanagement of on-campus housing by processing assignments, statuschanges, wait lists and other assignment related requests.● Coordinate housing assignments during the academic year as wellas winter and summer breaks.● Utilize housing software to contribute to the management ofResidence Life processes including early arrival and late staycoding, key management, and room condition reporting.● Utilize housing software for managing on and off-campus housingrelated information including providing detailed occupancy reports,cancellation trends, and historical data as requested.● Collaborate with the Office of Academic Support and DisabilityServices on student housing accommodation requests.● Work with specialty groups such as the Residential Commons, ThemeHousing, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Interest Groups todetermine on-campus housing assignments in line with theeducational initiatives of the department.● Manage housing transitions and off-term occupancies (EarlyArrival, Late-Stay, Reunion, Summer Housing).● Manage necessary room reassignments during the academicyear.Off-Campus Housing● Utilize Symplicity to develop, implement, and assess systems andprocesses which support the off campus housing lotteryprocess.● Maintain collaborative working relationships with rentalorganizations and community housing providers for ease ofcommunication about student released to off-campus housing.● Provide data for university administrators and campus partnersrelated to off-campus housing students.Marketing & Communications● Assist with development and administration of the Office ofResidential Life housing policies. Housing agreement, and generalprocedures.● Communicate and disseminate housing process information to staffand students.● Develop and release housing process communications andeducational materials for the department website and campus partnerpublications.● Research and respond to complex inquiries from students, parents,and campus partners in order to provide or clarify informationabout on and off-campus housing services, options, programs,policies or procedures.● Assist with mass communications to parents and students includingbut not limited to phone calls and emails.● Utilize social media to market and promote Residence Life,Housing, and Off-Campus Housing related events, activities, andinformation.Operations● Maintain student room, common area, and stored furnitureinventory for effective asset management throughout the year to beused for annual furniture purchases.● Assist with the development of base level service agreements forfraternity and sorority houses.● Assist with annual replacement and long-range furniture planningrelated to residential furniture in partnership with the Directorof Residential Life and Facilities Department.General● Serve as the department liaison to Symplicity, InformationTechnology, and Student Accounts in order to receive applications,make assignments, assess charges, deliver individualizedcommunications, manage data, and generate reports in housingsoftware.● Thoroughly train professional and paraprofessional Residence Lifestaff about partnership and shared responsibilities with facilitiesstaff, and housing operations, processes.● Effective coordination of a room & building master keyinventory; organize key check-in/check-out, and associated billingprocesses.● Effective coordination for damage billing process in support offostering a community where accountability and responsiblecommunity membership are highly valued.● Coordinate schedules of student office staff, and recruits,selects, trains, and supervises student office employees.● Provide oversight for a small number of student storage areas oncampus, establishing consistent guidelines and support fordepartments using these storage areas.● Serve as a member of the Residential Life leadership team,training and preparing members of the live-in professional staff toperform operational functions such as room changes, roominventories, damage reporting; role model effective communicationwith members of our diverse community.● Promote and coordinate Commencement Housing for families ofgraduating Colgate students.● Serve on various campus-wide committees as appropriate.● And other projects and duties as assigned.This position has been designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA ), in accordance with the federal statutory requirements of theJeanne Clery Act. CSAs are required to and responsible forreporting allegations of crimes they receive from students andemployees to the Campus Safety Department. Professional Experience/ Qualifications Special Instructions Summary
Hudson County Assignment Judge Peter F. Bariso, Jr. unfurled a banner in celebration of November as National Adoption Month. He was aided by Superior Court, Family Division Judge Bernadette N. DeCastro on his right, Beverly Savage, Executive Director of Hudson County CASA on his immediate left and Darlene Fusco, Hudson Bergen Area Director of DCP&P.The banner will hang for the month of November on the Hudson County Administration Building to raise awareness for the 117,000 children in foster care awaiting permanent homes. National Adoption Day will be celebrated on Friday, Nov. 16 in Hudson County when 15 children are expected to be adopted. This marks the 19th year that National Adoption Day will be observed throughout the United States and in that time nearly 70,000 children have found their forever homes. ×Hudson County Assignment Judge Peter F. Bariso, Jr. unfurled a banner in celebration of November as National Adoption Month. Hudson County Assignment Judge Peter F. Bariso, Jr. unfurled a banner in celebration of November as National Adoption Month.
Wheat exports According to HMRC, the UK exported 169,429t of wheat in December 2009, which takes exports for the first half of the marketing season (July-December) to 953,594t. This equates to 44% of Defra’s current estimate for this season’s total exportable surplus of 2.161mt. The UK imported 107,041t of wheat in December 2009, taking the total so far this season to 734,191t.McVitie’s sat fat driveMcVitie’s is kicking off a £1.3m TV advertising campaign this month, to drive awareness of the further 50% reduction in saturated fat, introduced in December 2009, across its Digestives, HobNobs and Rich Tea standard biscuits. It will run for six weeks across a mixture of terrestrial and Sky channels.Starbucks in SwedenStarbucks Coffee and travel operator SSP have opened Sweden’s first Starbucks at Stockholm-Årlanda Airport, Terminal 5. The two firms, which entered a strategic partnership in June 2008, have opened stores in the UK, Spain, France, Germany and Switzerland.Ginsters’ TV pushSavoury pastry brand Ginsters has launched a new national TV campaign for 2010, as part of its £3.5m media spend this year. The adverts, to be aired from early February, aim to promote Ginster’s ’Real Honest Food’ tagline.Lotus blossomsBelgium’s Lotus Bakeries saw a 24.8% increase in net profit for 2009, to E25,160m (£21,906m) from E20,165m in 2008. Turnover was also up by 1.7% to E261,071m (£227,394m). The firm said sales of its caramelised biscuits in the UK “got off to a difficult start” in the first half of 2009, due to the recession, but improved in the second half.
The impact of this is more jobs and a stronger economy for people in Merseyside. These latest stats are a testament to the resolve, determination and hard work of Northern businesses and to what we can achieve through working together. With trade forming such an important part of the Merseyside economy, the government is hugely committed to ensuring its businesses are even more competitive than ever before after Brexit as the UK prepares for independent trade deals. Highlighting the latest figures that show goods exports from the North West of England were worth £27.8 billion in 2016, up by nearly £1 billion on the previous year, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury reaffirmed today (24 January) the government is committed to a post-Brexit economy that gives Liverpool even more opportunity to trade.A buoyant export market has been vital in helping to grow to the local Liverpool economy which is now worth more than £30 billion – up nearly 12% since 2010.This strong export economy is fuelled by the continued importance of Liverpool Port with latest figures showing nearly 32,000 tonnes of traffic pass through the port.Latest figures show that export goods from the North West of England to North America were worth £5.1 billion.The largest export destination from the North West of England is Europe, with goods worth more than £14.6 billion being shipped to the rest of the continent.The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss said: Northern exporters, innovators and creators are thriving within the globally competitive Northern Powerhouse economy. Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry said: As a government, we’re doing all we can to create a business-friendly environment to support British manufacturing in Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and throughout the Northern Powerhouse region. From machinery to medicine, Liverpool has a vibrant export industry with world-class products being sent to Europe, USA and afar. I’ve seen that first hand today visiting a world-class local business exporting cutting edge technology. Successful exports mean the North West of England economy was valued at more than £166.5 billion, according to latest figures. This represents more than 8 per cent of UK total output.At the Autumn Budget the government announced that Liverpool City Region would receive £134 million from the new Transforming Cities Fund. Funding will be invested in transport projects, which drive productivity by improving transport links around the city and reducing congestion.
Talking about the bakery world of retail this week someone used the term “a post-supermarket world”.It was the first time anyone had ever mentioned this phrase to me and it got me thinking.The person who coined the term was Trevor Herbert, father of the Fabulous Baker Brothers and managing director of Hobbs House Bakery, so I’m afraid I can’t take the credit.But he got me thinking about what this “post-supermarket world” would look like. I don’t think Trevor was suggesting that the supermarkets are about to disappear in some kind of apocalyptic event – nor was he advocating a return to the 70’s.But what exactly is the “post-supermarket world”?In my head, the supermarkets still exist, of course. But they are radically different beasts to what we have now.Indeed, in some places the changes are already emerging, helped in part by the arrival of Whole Foods Market. Its policy of stocking smaller, local suppliers, highlighting their chain was a revelation and it seems many have taken stock of this. On a recent visit, with a group of Dutch bakers in a trip organised by Zeelandia to the Whole Foods Market in Kensington, I was pleased at the amount of bakers they were using from London. You can see how Tesco has tried to ape this with its link-up with Euphorium.So is this what a “post-supermarket world” looks like? Partly, as Tesco’s most recent results have proved – the big box shops are pretty soul-destroying places. There will always be a need for them, but we should, however, expect them to change, to morph into markets – and using more local craft bakeries to supplement their offer. Whether this is a good thing is still open to judgement.
After America reopens, a healthy roadmap for theater Seattle-based actor/writer Sara Porkalob makes it clear that she understands difficult choices in the generational triptych that makes up her acclaimed “Dragon Cycle” plays. In “Dragon Lady,” Porkalob explores her grandmother’s desperate decision to flee violence and poverty in the Philippines to come to an America that was openly hostile to immigrant women of color.“Dragon Mama,” which had its premiere at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in 2019, recounts the tale of the writer’s queer mother, who left baby Sara behind in Washington state while she herself headed to Alaska for a fishery job and a chance to support her family. “Dragon Baby,” an A.R.T. commission, takes on Porkalob’s own story of facing down sexism and sexual violence, white supremacism, and the grinding poverty of minimum-wage jobs before achieving theatrical acclaim.Although live theater has been halted by the pandemic, the A.R.T., under the leadership of Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus and executive producer Diane Borger, is bringing Porkalob’s inspiring work to audiences. As part of its “Virtual Oberon” lineup, “Dragon Mama” will begin streaming Thursday, with a virtual premiere at 7:30 p.m. (The Elliott Norton Award-winning production will be available on demand through Dec. 10.) Porkalob will also kick off the A.R.T.’s “Behind the Scenes” discussion series on Monday. (Information about tickets, including a pay-what-you-can option, may be found at AmericanRepertoryTheater.org.) She recently spoke with the Gazette over Zoom about her work and theater during the pandemic.Q&ASara PorkalobGAZETTE: These plays recreate the stories of the women in your family, but they are artistic creations. How much is interpretation?PORKALOB: It’s all 100 percent true. The “Dragon Cycle” was never meant to be my memoir alone. It was meant to be my family’s memoir, specifically my grandmother’s, my mother’s, and my memoir. And that requires me understanding that people can experience the same event in very, very different ways. Some people might call that creative license, but I’m not creating something out of nothing. I’m literally trying on my family’s different perspectives around a series of events.,GAZETTE: Has this process changed how you view your family?PORKALOB: It’s definitely changed how I see my family, and how my family sees each other too. When I’m seeing these people who made me onstage, I’m seeing that often people are trying to do the best they can with what they have. People can be mean and harmful and racist and sexist and abusive, and there’s always a reason for that. Maybe it’s because they were abused; maybe because they didn’t have anybody to support them and tell them that they were great. Like, my grandmother loved her kids. She was not a good mom. She tried to deal with what she had. My mother loved me. She saw my grandmother was not a good mom. And she decided to make different choices to try to be a better mother to me.GAZETTE: You chose some really tense moments to highlight. I’m thinking of when people comment on your skin color or your hair, questioning your identity as a person of color. PORKALOB: I didn’t even really have to choose. They just revealed themselves. It was amazing to me to realize, “Oh, this is something that was said to my grandmother when she was my age,” and that was accompanied by an attempt to rape her. In the 1960s that was said to my mother in a queer bar. But because there were queer folks around, they were able to get that guy out of there. That was said to me on a street corner, and I was able to like clock the guy. History repeats itself, but we have the agency and autonomy to make different decisions.GAZETTE: You share such intimate and often painful moments with the audience. Do you have an idea of who that audience should be?PORKALOB: I want an audience that looks like my family, of course. I don’t stand on stage thinking that I’m going to educate white people. I don’t stand on stage thinking that I’m going to be a savior. My responsibility is to tell the truth, to do my job as a storyteller by honoring my family and by telling the truth. Anybody there who’s present to witness it, I am thankful for, until they prove themselves otherwise.I want to trust my audience — to trust them with the truth. And if they can’t handle it, that’s not my problem. And that frees me. That means I’m not performing exclusively for them — to make them feel. I’m never up there being like, “I’m going to make my audience cry. I’m going to make them laugh.” I’m up there being like, “I’m going to tell the truth.” I think I’m funny. I think I’m good. My family is awesome. Let’s do this. Virtually Oberon, an all-ages musical, and world premiere fill the fall For now, A.R.T. has 15 new Tony nominations, robust lineup of virtual shows, talks Future of theater? Not exactly sure, but Diane Paulus is working on it Related ‘Jagged Little Pill’ snags record 15 Tony nominations A.R.T.’s Paulus and Chan School’s Allen collaborate on a dynamic, evolving plan to ensure public safety and the life of performing art A.R.T.’s Diane Paulus nominated for Best Direction of a Musical A.R.T. opens up with virtual programming GAZETTE: Do you miss having a live audience?PORKALOB: I didn’t miss them for the first four months of the pandemic, because for the first time in eight years I finally had a break. I said, “Yay. I want to do everything that I’ve been putting off. Clean under the bed. Get some plants. Go to Goodwill. Focus on my physical health.” And then about four months in, I was like, “Man, I did everything on my list. I miss performing.”GAZETTE: You’ve been cast as Edward Rutledge in the A.R.T.’s delayed production of “1776.” How does that feel?PORKALOB: I’m excited for my [inevitable] Tony nomination!GAZETTE: You aren’t concerned about the limitations of acting out someone else’s words?PORKALOB: It could have been in the hands of another theater company, and I would have said, “No, thanks.” But we have Jeffrey Page and Diane Paulus and this incredible team of Harvard scholars and community activists and a cast full of full of trans, non-binary, female-identifying people who want to reclaim the story of our history and to challenge our audience, to reckon with our white supremacy culture.This conversation has been lightly edited and condensed.
The general IoT environment has transformed since I joined the Dell Technologies OEM & IoT team over three years ago. While many of my colleagues focus on specific vertical industries like manufacturing, telco or marine, my role is broader. As a result, I bring a different perspective – the ability to take a 360 view of what’s happening across multiple industries.So, three years later, what new developments am I seeing? Are there common trends? Is one vertical leading the way? How is IoT developing from an Edge and infrastructural perspective?1.The Rise of Edge & On-Prem ComputingFirst things first-I believe that the role of edge computing has radically transformed. Three years ago, edge devices were there to collect and aggregate the data before analysis and storage in the Cloud. Fast forward to today. Now, computing and real-time analytics are increasingly being managed at the Edge.Why this transformation? There are three main factors – cost, latency and security. Take the case of the autonomous vehicle, the ultimate IoT device. It has to make split-second decisions and adjustments, based on information received from an array of sophisticated sensors, responding real-time to pedestrians, traffic, road signs plus potential hazards like detours and accidents. If you’re the driver of the oncoming car or crossing the road with your kids, would you really want the data to go to the Cloud first for analysis? The same holds true for a production line in a factory. You cannot afford for the line to be down while you wait around for analysis to return from the Cloud. Hence, the inevitable rise of Edge and on-prem computing.Of course, the Cloud will continue to be an important element in the overall IoT picture but it’s not going to be the much touted all-singing, all-dancing solution. Increasingly, I see a hybrid model emerge. In this new-look world, edge analytics and on-prem computing will do the heavy lifting with key outputs sent to the Cloud for visualization and backup. In this way, I see the Edge to the Cloud operating together in harmony as part of a continuum.2.It’s A KOTs WorldOur mantra has always been COTs, namely, we use commercial, off-the-shelf compute building blocks, based on open standards that can be configured, customized and pre-qualified. That core principle has not changed.However, our IoT partners provide very valuable resources and services. To enable them to do their magic, they need a variation of this model – what one of my colleagues, Jeff Van Horn, aptly calls “KoTS”, “kinda-off-the-shelf” commercial building blocks. I would characterize KOTs as the best of both worlds and one that is particularly suited to the IoT landscape.3.Leveraging Existing Infrastructure Through Open StandardsOf course, many of our customers, particularly in manufacturing, already have intelligent and high cost compute environments in place. What I find interesting is how they’re now becoming increasingly savvy in leveraging and reinvigorating that investment.In the past, these customers would have been locked into paying annual licensing fees to vendors for additional services, like predictive maintenance on a rolling production line. Now, using a standard rather than a vendor-specific compute device, customers are in the driving seat, controlling what they want to add and how they go about it. An open-standards edge device also delivers flexibility in terms of what can be connected. Again, I am increasingly seeing a hybrid approach, where customers are connecting different PLC controllers into a central gateway device.The good news is that whether you have existing Honeywell, Siemens, Alan-Bradley or Schneider specialist hardware, you don’t have to rip and replace $2 million worth of manufacturing equipment. Even better, you’re no longer tied to proprietary standards and worried about how it will all connect and work together. Thanks to edge computing and open platforms from companies like Dell Technologies OEM & IoT, customers can integrate all the elements together and future proof their investment.4.Key IndustriesIt’s no surprise that manufacturing and industrial automation industries, like mining, continue to lead the way in IoT. These industries have a long and proud tradition in sensor technology and automation; IoT is simply the next logical step on a progressive journey.However, we’re also seeing machine builders increasingly embrace IoT. What do I mean by machine builders? Effectively, companies that provide their customers with an integrated turnkey solution, consisting of our hardware and their IP. Take the spectrometry world, where you have specialist lab instruments, packaged with proprietary software, sitting on either a Dell Technologies’ edge device or an appliance server, with the software and hardware working together to measure the chemical, physical and biological components of liquids like blood, beer or wine. (Quick aside, for those of you who are wine connoisseurs, the good news is that this will help the vineyard scientifically determine the optimum time to pick the grapes but more on this later).5.Industry Collaboration is The GlueOf course, challenges remain, and as a leader in the industry, it’s important that we help make the IoT journey easier. Back in 2017, we helped launch the EdgeX Foundry, an open source project within the Linux Foundation. This was all about developing an open framework for interoperability between IoT devices and applications. The project has seen a steady increase in the number of backing organizations and developers contributing across the globe, in addition to our own ongoing inputs. This has certainly helped provide solutions to many of the open IoT questions.Maybe you run marathons to keep fit or relax? Well, if you compare an IoT project to a decent run, the EdgeX Foundry will bring you within sight of the finishing line, delivering all the core building blocks you need. However, if the project is complex, you may need a bit of a leg-up for the last few miles. Exactly why in 2017, we invested over $1 billion in IoT research and have provided funding to new companies like Nexiot that specialize in smart sensors, big data algorithms and ultra-low-power embedded technology.In summary, the big trends I see are edge computing, KOTs, open standards, flexibility and industry collaboration. While there have been huge advances over the last three years, I believe that the best is yet to come. A picture paints a thousand words so watch this space for a series of follow up blogs focused on interesting customer IoT use cases.What are your views on the IoT market? Have you noticed any additional trends? I would love to hear your views and would be delighted to answer any questions! Do join the conversation.Come meet us at Olympia London on Thursday 25th April at IoT Tech Expo Global: https://www.iottechexpo.com/global/Join me at IoT Tech Expo Global for the following sessions on the 25th:12.30-12.50: IoT Edge Computing Managing your data14.30 -15.10: Panel Predictive Maintenance – How to Unlock True ‘Actionable Insight’To learn more about Dell Technologies OEM & IoT Solutions, visit: www.dellemc.com/oemKeep in touch. Follow us on Twitter @DellEMCOEM, and join our LinkedIn OEM Showcase page here.
It’s no secret that Southern West Virginia is home to some of America’s best whitewater. In fact, the USA Rafting Championship will be held there this September! The New and Gauley rivers are two of the most popular rivers in this region, and summer is the perfect time take a whitewater trip. From beginner level to the most experienced rafter, there are trips for everyone and every age. Climb in a raft or ducky – it’s time to hit the rapids!Find the Perfect TripNot all whitewater rafting trips are created equal. Find the right fit and the perfect outfitter for you and your group!Got small kiddos on your vacation? No worries, they can go rafting, too! The Upper New River is perfect for families with small children, or for first-time rafters who may want to take things slow. This section features beginner class I-III rapids, calm pools and beautiful scenery. Most outfitters will take children as young as 6 on the Upper New River.Looking for a wilder ride? The Lower New is where it’s at! You’ll experience bigger, more technical class III-V rapids as the New River narrows and you make the steep descent into the New River Gorge. This heart-pounding trip is ideal for those looking for an adventure, but will also thrill experienced rafters.Most people associate the Gauley River with big, churning water in the fall, but summer Gauley trips are just as exciting! This trip will take you out of your comfort zone and into new whitewater territory, complete with huge boulders, swirling hydraulics and technical lines. Choose from a guided raft or a ducky that you paddle yourself to navigate this challenging class V river. It’s worth noting that this trip is not for first-time rafters; you should get your feet wet by taking a trip on the Lower New before hitting the Gauley!If you want the ultimate rafting experience, try an overnight trip! These 2-day rafting trips are perfect for those who can’t get enough of the outdoors. You’ll camp under the stars along the banks of the river, next to a crackling fire. A chef will prepare your meals, so all you have to do is relax. Overnight trips are available on the Upper New, Lower New, and Gauley from most outfitters.Start PlanningNow that you’ve got the lowdown on Southern West Virginia’s summer whitewater scene, it’s time to start planning your trip! There’s a lot to do here – you never know what you’ll find waiting around the next bend in the river. Stay a little longer and discover your next adventure in Southern West Virginia.