Saint Mary’s hosts orientation activities for international students

first_imgSaint Mary’s welcomed 24 international students this past week from 10 different countries: some returning students, some new students. They attended both Belles Beginnings – the College’s orientation program – as well as an International Student and Scholar Orientation, which is a program designed specifically for them. The program introduces and orients international students with aspects of college and university life in the States, which may differ from what they’re used to.  Adriana Petty, assistant director of International Student and Scholar Services, helps the students with logistics such as visas and more personal integration into Saint Mary’s, such as learning to adapt to the social and academic climate.  “At the International Student and Scholar Orientation, the students learn about types of classroom experiences,” she said. “This includes class participation, where they can really share their opinions and offer perspectives. This is a shift for a few of them who are used to lecture courses with an emphasis on memorization. They discuss with the students, social involvement and how joining clubs, participating in activities and attending sports events can all contribute to their experience.”In addition to orientation, Saint Mary’s also coordinates various events and programs to help the students become more comfortable with U.S. culture, Petty said.“The International Student and Scholar Services office provides monthly events for all international students and scholars to experience activities related to U.S. culture,” she said. “We have on- and off-campus activities to introduce the students to different cultural celebrations like U.S. holidays.”Saint Mary’s students from the United States also have the opportunity to learn about different cultures from international students, Petty said.“Saint Mary’s also plans events during the International Education Week, starting November 13, during which the international students get to share with the Saint Mary’s community about their own culture and country customs,” she said.In addition to 19 four-year students, Saint Mary’s is also hosting one Fulbright scholar from China, two J-1 research scholars from Poland and China and two exchange students from South Korea and Tunisia. The four-year students originate from Chile, China, Spain, Rwanda, Vietnam, Mexico and South Africa, Petty said.The International Student and Scholar Services helps international students focus on the positives when they have difficulties adjusting to the United States, Petty said. Some students start to feel overwhelmed or homesick, she said, while others who come from large cities sometimes find it difficult to adjust to the quiet environment of Saint Mary’s. Petty said almost all of the first-years talk about how different the U.S. education system is.“We often talk about the fact that they are only here for a limited amount of time and to find ways to enjoy this unique and memorable experience,” she said. “The semester, year or four years goes by quickly, so even though there are many changes to become accustomed to, there are also a lot of new opportunities to make life-long memories … [and] make their time here as an international student or scholar a wonderful experience.”Tags: International Student and Scholar Services, International studentslast_img read more

DEME’s TSHD Scheldt River Bunkered with LNG in Germany

first_imgDEME’s new dual fuel trailing suction hopper dredger ‘Scheldt River’ was successfully bunkered with Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) at Brunsbüttel Ports yesterday.  Approximately 85 tonnes of the environmentally friendly fuel was loaded, making this the largest LNG bunkering operation in Germany so far, and this was the first LNG bunkering of a hopper dredger as well.The bunker supplier, Nauticor GmbH & Co. KG of Hamburg, a member of the Linde Group, delivered the  fuel in five trucks, two of which were unloaded simultaneously.River Elbe maintenance dredgingNordsee Nassbagger- und Tiefbau GmbH, DEME’s subsidiary in Germany, is a partner in a consortium contracted by the water authority Wasserstraßen- und Schifffahrtsamt Cuxhaven to perform maintenance dredging works on the river Elbe between Cuxhaven and Wedel in the period 2017-2019.The deployment of the TSHD ´Scheldt River’, which is scheduled for a period of about half a year, enables DEME to gather experience and knowledge about all the technical and economic aspects related to operating a dredging vessel powered by LNG.Christopher Iwens, General Manager of DEME’s German subsidiaries, said: “Being awarded the contract to maintain the fairway of the river Elbe towards Hamburg – Germany’s largest port – at the correct depth with the LNG powered TSHD ‘Scheldt River’, shows DEME’s leading position in the industry and sets the next milestone for new environmental standards for the whole dredging industry.”Dredging fleet investment program‘Scheldt River’ was built at the Royal IHC shipyard in the Netherlands. The new vessel is part of DEME’s multi-year fleet investment program, which is focused on further increasing efficiency, both in terms of productivity and environmental performance.Environmentally friendly hopper dredgers like the ‘Scheldt River’ and ‘Minerva’ are extremely suitable for dredging and deepening works in emission controlled areas, DEME said.In the next two years the dredging fleet will be further reinforced with the TSHD ‘Bonny River’ (2018) and the cutter suction dredger ‘Spartacus’ (2019).last_img read more

PBC School District Votes to Fire Principal, Sues E-Cig Maker Juul

first_imgThe Palm Beach County School District voted Wednesday afternoon to fire former Spanish River Community High School Principal William Latson.Board members voted 5-2 to terminate Latson’s contract over comments he made to a parent in an email last July about the Holocaust.In the message, the former administrator wrote, “I can’t say the holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”He had been reassigned to the district office during the investigation.The investigative report stated the district had “just cause” to fire Latson since he violated several district policies.Latson’s termination will take effect on November 21. He has until that date to file an appeal.The School Board also decided at its Wednesday meeting to sue e-cigarette maker Juul, in an effort to combat the youth vaping epidemic.According to officials with the District, schools are struggling to address the issue, and “have been forced to divert resources to monitoring and disciplining the rapidly growing number of students using vaping products on school grounds.”If a settlement is reached, 75 percent of the money would go to the District, while the other 25 percent would go to the law firms who are representing the District.The statement from the District adds, “The top priority of the School District of Palm Beach County is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. Palm Beach County does not intend to stand by and allow this crisis to escalate further.”last_img read more

Sky Sports claims: Edin Džeko made the agreement with Roma

first_img(Source: According to Sky Sports, Edin Džeko agreed terms for his transfer to Roma.According to the same source, it is now up on the clubs to agree the amount of the compensation. It is believed that Manchester City will not let his attacker for the amount less than 20 million EUR.Captain of B&H national team was a starter only 11 times in the last season, and the coach of Citizen, Manuel Pellegrini, recently admitted that there is possibility that Džeko might leave the Etihad this summer.City already brought another attacker in their lining up, Raheem Sterling, for which they paid 70 million EUR.Chilean besides Sterling has Wilfried Bony and Sergius Aguero at its disposal as well.last_img read more