Murdock Trust Approves Grant of $800,000 for Saint Martin’s University’s New…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s University is $800,000 closer to breaking ground for its new science building—a 30,000 square-foot classroom and laboratory facility—thanks to a grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington.“The University is grateful to the Murdock Trust for its generous support of the Science Initiative and our STEM students,” said Saint Martin’s University President Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D. “According to recent reports, Washington is one of the top states in the nation in the concentration of STEM jobs, but much lower in the proportion of STEM degrees produced. The new science building will allow Saint Martin’s to recruit and graduate more STEM students who will make valuable contributions to Washington and its economy.”As Saint Martin’s nears its fundraising goals for the Science Initiative, the University plans to break ground this fall on a new 30,000-square-foot classroom and laboratory facility that will house its growing natural and physical science programs. The new science building, which is scheduled to open in fall 2019, will include laboratories, classrooms, collaborative research spaces and offices. It will be strategically located near Cebula Hall and adjacent to the Panowicz Foundry for Innovation and the E.L. Wiegand Laboratories, which houses engineering, computer science and industrial labs, creating a STEM complex at the core of the campus.“As a part of its strategic vision, students choosing to study in a field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, have blossomed at Saint Martin’s University,” said Moses Lee, Ph.D., program director for research and science at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. “This growth is a result of the university’s strategic investment in building up its STEM programs, the construction of this modern and well-equipped science building within the STEM complex and the creation of a vibrant culture in undergraduate research. The Murdock Trust is pleased to the stand behind this vision and this exciting project.”“This wonderful grant from the Murdock Trust is instrumental to our continuing focus on increased faculty-student research and teaching collaboration. It will also accelerate the pace of student and faculty scholarship as well as successful grant-writing,” said Jeff Crane, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and interim dean of the School of Business.Since 2013, Saint Martin’s University has experienced marked growth in enrollment across all of its STEM departments. The Murdock Trust previously made two grants to the University’s Engineering Initiative—one in support of the building of Cebula Hall and one in support of the construction of the Panowicz Foundry for Innovation and the E.L. Wiegand Laboratories. After the launch of the Engineering Initiative in 2010, the civil and mechanical engineering programs have seen a 30 percent increase in students. This has led to a greater demand for mathematics and physics classes, which are prerequisites for engineering. In addition, biology majors have grown to represent ten percent of all University students and the chemistry department is at its highest enrollment ever.M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin. J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to organizations in five states of the Pacific Northwest—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington—that seek to strengthen the region’s educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. More information is available at Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 27 majors and ten graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust ( was created in 1975 to enrich the quality of life in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. From day one, our mission has been to serve individuals, families and communities across the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations that strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. We partner with a wide variety of organizations whose missions contribute to serving the common good. Our team carries out the Trust’s work by: 1) Serving our constituencies through strategic grants and enrichment programs that help organizations advance their mission, build capacity and increase effectiveness; 2) Convening people to identify emerging regional challenges, opportunities and areas of mutual interest; 3) Promoting idea-sharing and networking among individuals and organizations; and 4) Encouraging thoughtful, purposeful stewardship and investment of resources.last_img read more

Sri Lankan U19 bowler clockes highest recorded delivery speed against India!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Island Cricket/ICCAdvertisement 1jbNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4p8eWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2w( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cmziWould you ever consider trying this?😱zi5exCan your students do this? 🌚itRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sri Lanka’s start of the 2020 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup happened to be a disappointing one. A brilliant U19 Team India dominated over the oppositions at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein yesterday. However, a new record was created in the match. Say hello to the young Sri Lankan sensation Matheesha Pathirana, who has made history for bowling the fastest delivery ever in cricket with an astounding speed of 175 kph!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Island Cricket/ICCBack in 2019, Matheesha Pathirana was all over the news. The 17 year old’s bowling style has an bizarre similarity to the legendary Lasith Malinga’s signature roundarm bowling, and Pathirana became famous for his 6 wicket haul on his debut for Trinity College in Kandy. The supporters had hailed him as a true successor of ‘Slinga’, who retired from ODI cricket last year.In yesterday’s game, Pathirana was facing Yashasvi Jaiswal in the fourth over, and the Sri Lankan starlet’s final delivery of the over bounced way over the young Indian batsman’s shoulders, which was declared as a wide. However, the reading on the speedometer left everyone awe struck as it showed a speed of 175 kph.Advertisement Check out the delivery in the clip below, courtesy of Twitter user @imvinay_09.Did Matheesha Pathirana Clock 175 KMPH In U19 Cricket World Cup?Full News: #INDvsSL — विनय 🇮🇳 (@imvinay_09) January 20, 2020 Until Pathirana, the fastest delivery ever recorded in the history of the gentleman’s game was bowled by none other than the Pakistani legend Shoaib Akhtar. Nicknamed the ‘Rawalpindi Express’, Akhtar clocked a speed of 161.3 kph against England back in the 2003 Cricket World Cup.However, Akhtar’s record has now been broken, and the cricketing fandom is expecting to see Pathirana enter the bigger stage.The young Men in Blues squad secured a 90 run victory in the tournament opener. The Indian U19 put up a total of 297 for 4 wickets in the first innings. Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 59 from 75 balls with 8 fours. The skipper Priyam Garg had 56 runs to his name, while the wicket keeper batsman Dhruv Jurel had a half century knock while keeping his strike.The Lions U19 failed to chase down the target against a brilliant Indian bowling youth. They were bowled out after scoring 207 runs, with Akash Singh, Siddhesh Veer and Ravi Bishnoi picking up 2 wickets each.Also read-There’s more than one: Sri Lanka unearths another Slinga, picks 6 wickets on debut Advertisementlast_img read more

In Oceanport, Student Safety Is A Concern

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |OCEANPORT – A school shooting in Florida followed by an emotional Board of Education meeting have brought school safety concerns to the conversational forefront in Oceanport, and Councilman Steve Solan wants to take action.“I have two kids in our schools. One in Wolf Hill Elementary and the other in the Maple Place School. So anything that can be done to increase school safety I am all for looking into it,” Solan said.The tragic gun violence event that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month continues to resonate in the borough, after overwhelming public opposition led the Board of Education to remove the former Commvault building – located a 2 Crescent Place – from consideration for the site of a new $30 million school complex.Rather than pursuing a more modern facility that meets modern security standards – like the one located on Crescent Place – Oceanport and Sea Bright students will remain in “unfit buildings for at least another two to three years,” according to School Board President Michelle McMulllin, who addressed the capacity crowd that gathered at the Feb. 21 board meeting.A presentation delivered on Jan. 24 – when the ex-Commvault facility was selected as the best of three proposed options – revealed that Oceanport’s current schools lacked intruder-protective entrances approved by the Department of Homeland Security, a safety concern that has Solan investigating new ways to address the matter.One option Solan says he will pursue is to have armed police officers stationed inside the borough’s schools, as the councilman hopes to take advantage of a bill signed in 2016 by former Gov. Chris Christie allowing armed, retired cops to provide security in our schools.“I think this is a very reasonable way to approach the issue,” Solan said. “The resources at a state level are there and I’m going to be scheduling a meeting very soon with our superintendent, Tom Farrell, to discuss it further.” Solan said. “I don’t think there’s any reason why we shouldn’t be looking to take advantage of that situation.”Along with Farrell, Solan will be inviting the borough’s Emergency Management Coordinator, Mauro “Buzz” Baldanza, as well as Oceanport Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly, who issued a statement to residents on March 2 addressing the safety of local schools, and his department’s response and tactical training.“The well-being of your children, who you entrust to our care, is our most important responsibility,” Kelly said. “The Oceanport Police Department is trained, prepared and ready to respond to any incident in a quick and decisive manner. Officers are all trained in Active Shooter Response and mitigation. We are continuously training with surrounding jurisdictions and we re-evaluate our tactics and response to any situation that may occur in our schools.”Kelly went on describe his officers’ daily regimen of school patrols, stating that officers are on-site at both Wolf Hill Elementary and the Maple Place School each day during the arrival and dismissal of students, and complete mandatory “hallway walks” multiple times a day. There are also three D.A.R.E. officers who are present in the schools while teaching their drug-awareness curriculum.Though Kelly has assured police presence at Oceanport’s local schools, Solan remains adamant that having a full-time Class III officer on-site should be a standard operating procedure, and is placing the burden on him and his peers on Borough Council and the Board of Education to develop a plan to fund the positions.“The biggest thing is figuring out how to pay for such an officer, but the good thing is there are no benefits involved because these are retired officers. It’s really just an hourly position. So whether it’s all paid for by the Board of Education, or it’s a shared cost with the police department, it’s something that needs to be discussed.”Solan hopes that with the discussion about school safety continuing, so will talks about how to upgrade the facilities at Wolf Hill and Maple Place.“I’ve done several walk-throughs, as has Chief Kelly, and there are safety upgrades that can be made immediately. Will they cost money? Absolutely. But I don’t think they will break the bank. These are necessities that need to find their way into the budget,” said Solan.“I know the school board has had its hands full talking about this school project. But other facets of our schools should not be lacking because of a lack of attention. I’m not saying that’s what happened, but sometimes things fall through the cracks and unfortunately it takes a tragic event to bring things back to light, when they should have been at the forefront the entire time.”This article was first published in the March 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson U12 Selects

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the squad with Team of the  Week accolades.The squad includes coach Lisa Ranta, Adam Strautman, Kyle Kabatoff, Moss Caney, Jacob Robinson, Dante Cimolai, coach Greg Haydu, Lachlin Klammer, Noah McBriar, Ryan Pearce, Solance Patenaude, Xavier Moore, Quinn Tondu-Mcdonald, Matteo Faraguna, Tanner Ranta, Nicholas Haydu, Rohan Moola and Nate Hernandez. The Nelson Selects U12 Boys Soccer squad made it a weekend to remember, travelling recently to attend the West Coast Cup tournament in Langley.The Selects finished with a 0-2-2 record, playing four very close ball games against opposition from Langlely, North Delta and Maple Ridge in the U13 Silver Division.The tournament was the first taste of provincial competition for the team and, playing on the Lower Mainland, the Selects got the opportunity to attend a Vancouver Whitecaps game.last_img read more

Nelson Selects U14 Boys cruise to gold medal at Richmond FC Thanksgiving Tournament

first_imgThe Nelson Selects U14 Boys team travelled to the Lower Mainland on the Thanksgiving weekend to compete in the Richmond FC Thanksgiving Tournament where the Heritage City squad came away with the gold medal.“We wanted the boys to have a chance to continue playing into the fall, rather than wrapping up our season after the Sandpoint tournament at the beginning of September, said coach Kerry Dyck. “I’m not aware of any other team from Nelson having attended this tournament.  We didn’t have any idea about the teams we would face, and what to expect.” The Selects managed to sweep the round robin draw to reach the final without allowing a single goal. “We beat a Vancouver team 3-0, a Richmond team 1-0 and a Coquitlam team 4-0 in the group stage,” explained coach Lyle Hill. “Needless to say, we were very pleased with the boys play winning every game, and not conceding a goal in the process.” Goal scorers were Blake Markin-Hellekson, Thomas Baxter, Keanu Tromans, Owen Box, Ezra Foy Bradey Sookero and Josh Yasek. Sookero played two games in goal and Markin-Hellekson one, for the shut outs. In the final, the Nelson squad faced a Vancouver team, and ended in a scoreless tie after regulation and needing shoot outs to decide the final placings.For the second tournament in a row, though, the boys came through in the shoot out, winning 5-4  after six shooters.  Netting for Nelson were Yasek, Foy, Jesse Thurston, Grayson Hill and Luka Eyre. “I was especially pleased with the style of play our boys employed throughout the weekend.  We really played good possession soccer, rather than kick and run, which is what we, along with Brett Adams, our Whitecaps Technical Director, have been working on all along,” said Dyck. “It was a fantastic end to a great season for the boys!”last_img read more

Nelson’s Julien Locke finds a place on medal podium at Senior National Cross Country Ski Championships

first_imgFor Nelson’s Julien Locke, good things really do come to those who wait.The local cross country skier finally found a place on the podium recently after winning a silver medal at the Senior National Championships in Thunder Bay, Ontario.Locke placed second in the in the classic sprint race, finishing as the top U23 skier.“After some back luck this year, I am extremely happy to make the podium at the National Championships,” a pleased Locke told The Nelson Daily.“I have been in good shape all winter, but some races just haven’t gone my way.”Locke, who was hampered by a cold at the recent Canada Winter Games in Prince George, did find a spot on the medal podium as he helped power Team BC to a bronze in the men’s cross country team race.However, the 21-year-old Nelsonite who started his skiing at the Nelson Nordic Club but now competes for Black Jack club in Rossland, finished 22nd in the 10-kilometer classic race and sixth in the men’s 1.5 km classic sprint.The result came on the heels of a crash landing in the final round at the World Championships trials.The bad luck left Locke off the Canadian National squad that competed at the U23 World Championships. That, however, is now in the past as Locke finally skied to his potential in Thunder Bay.“The Nationals sprint is always a great race as every racer in the field is extremely motivated, and people take more risks than usual to give themselves a shot at success,” Locke explained.“For me, the day went quite well. My shape was good, skis were fast and everything came together.”Locke said the heats were fast right from the quarterfinals, which was just what the doctor ordered for the skier who loves competing on hard surfaces.“I was able to ski tactically and conserve energy through the rounds, skiing only as fast as needed to move through,” Locke said.In the A-Final, Jess Cockney pushed the pace from the gun and attacked on the first hill to open up a gap at the front.Locke said he was confident in his speed in the last half of the race so I played the waiting game and held back in third.On the final, smaller climb, Locke made a move around the Norwegian skier to move into second and held that position until the finish.“My podium was the first Senior Men’s National Championships podium for BC since Black Jack’s George Grey retired in 2011,” Locke said.Senior National Team member and 2014 Olympian, Jesse Cockney won the race.Locke is currently in Sun Valley, Idaho for the US Super Tour Finals.Obviously looking to build on the success experienced in Thunder Bay.function DOMContentLoaded(browserID, tabId, isTop, url) { var object = document.getElementById(“cosymantecnisbfw”); if(null != object) { object.DOMContentLoaded(browserID, tabId, isTop, url);} };function Nav(BrowserID, TabID, isTop, isBool, url) { var object = document.getElementById(“cosymantecnisbfw”); if(null != object) object.Nav(BrowserID, TabID, isTop, isBool, url); };function NavigateComplete(BrowserID, TabID, isTop, url) { var object = document.getElementById(“cosymantecnisbfw”); if(null != object) object.NavigateComplete(BrowserID, TabID, isTop, url); }function Submit(browserID, tabID, target, url) { var object = document.getElementById(“cosymantecnisbfw”); if(null != object) object.Submit(browserID, tabID, target, url); };last_img read more

UPDATED: Rebels complete weekend sweep of Nelson Leafs

first_imgRebels power past Leafs 4-0Castlegar Rebels scored three times on the power play to shutout the Nelson Leafs 4-0 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in the Sunflower City.The teams meet again Saturday night in Nelson at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Mike Bhatoa, Nick Headrick and Vince Bitonti all scored with the man advantage for the Rebels. Darren Medeiros added the final marker.Castlegar, holding period leads of 2-0 and 3-0, saw Chris Breese finish the game with three points while Bhatoa and Tayden Woods each had two points.Nelson, playing the game with 14 skaters, out shot the Rebels 30-27 in the contest.The loss dropped the Leafs six points behind third place Grand Forks in the Neil Murdoch Division. The Bruins defeated Spokane Braves 5-2 Thursday in the Boundary City.The Leafs conclude the three-game weekend Sunday hosting the Spokane Braves at 2:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. The Castlegar Rebels completed a weekend sweep of the Nelson Leafs, doubling the Green and White 6-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Chris Breese, Mike Bhotoa and Tayden Woods, also finishing with a pair of goals, led the Rebels each with three points.Castlegar led 3-2 after the first period and 5-3 following 40 minutes of play.Zach Smith, Breese, Ed Lindsey and Darren Medeiros also scored for Castlegar.Kolten Nelson, Andy Fitzpatrick and Jordan Davie replied for the Leafs, whic have lost eight of the past nine games.Nelson, 19-27-0-0-2, remain six points behind the Grand Forks Border Bruins in the race for third in the Murdoch Division. The Bruins lost 6-3 to Creston Saturday in the Boundary City.The Leafs host Spokane Braves Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena to complete the three-game weekend.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 30, 2016)–With precision like timing and teamwork, Santa Anita Park has completed installation of its all-new Bermuda turf course, which will be ready for use with the onset of the track’s 2016 Autumn Meet on Sept. 30.Including the Camino Real hillside component, Santa Anita’s unique turf course encompasses approximately nine acres of surface area, which has now been amended and covered. The Bandera Bermuda turf mixture was grown in La Quinta, Calif., approximately 120 miles to the east, near Palm Springs.“This has been a major undertaking and we’re very pleased with how the entire project has progressed,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President, West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “The hillside portion of the course was completed about three weeks ago and the oval was finished late yesterday. This particular turf has proven very resilient in our immediate area and right now, with the warm temperatures we’ve been experiencing, conditions are optimal for fast growth.“The hillside has already begun to root, so that’s great news. About 40 percent of our races are run on grass, so this project is obviously a huge priority for us, our customers and horsemen.“We’ve been told that we’d be able to run on it in 45 days, but with the installation completed on time, we’ll have 90 days before we have horses competing on it. We’re excited about opening day on Sept. 30 and we’re looking forward to welcoming the best horses in the world here for the Breeders’ Cup in November (4 & 5).”Santa Anita’s current 40-day Spring Meet, which began May 5, will conclude a week from Sunday, July 10.last_img read more