Governor Wolf’s Tour of Historic Philadelphia

first_imgGovernor Wolf’s Tour of Historic Philadelphia DNC,  The Blog,  Videos On Sunday, Governor Wolf toured the beautiful Philadelphia Historic District. With visitors from all over coming to the city for the Democratic National Convention, the governor decided to join tourists on the historic Philadelphia trail.After all, the Declaration of Independence was debated and signed in Independence Hall on July 4, 1776, as was the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.The Democratic National Convention this week is the eighth time Philadelphia has played host to a party convention since 1856. But only one president, James Buchanan, has ever hailed from our state.William Penn founded our state as a refuge for people of different faiths, nationalities, and opinions, and in that spirit we welcome you.So whether you’re visiting for the Democratic National Convention or to immerse yourself in history, we invite you to pursue your happiness in Philadelphia. By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf July 25, 2016center_img Read more blog posts on the Democratic National Convention.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook:   SHARE  TWEET SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ann M. Combs age, 90

first_imgAnn M. Combs, age 90, of Brookville, Indiana died Friday, July 22, 2016 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville. Born April 29, 1926 in Connersville, Indiana she was the daughter of the late Arthur & Ottilliea (Hartemiller) Hudson. On May 27, 1944 she became the wife of Fred Combs, and he preceded her in death on December 16, 1998. A homemaker, she had also worked as a custodian at the Brookville Post Office for over 10 years. In her leisure time she enjoyed reading, playing cards, puzzles, gardening and flowers, and most of all, spending time with her family.Survivors include two daughters & sons-in-law, Judy (Keith) Sampson and Mary Ann (Michael) Froman all of Brookville; two sons & daughters-in-law, Bill (Ruby) Combs of Whitcomb, Indiana and John (Phyllis) Combs of Brookville, Indiana; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren as well as 7 great-great grandchildren; a sister, Sarah Drew of Connersville, Indiana and a brother, Paul Hudson of Ft. Worth, Texas.Besides her parents and husband, Fred, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Sue Hogan who died 7/9/2012; a grandson, Troy Combs; two sisters, Bertha Ellison and Elsie Hudson, and two brothers, Walter Hudson & Raymond Hudson.Family & friends may visit from 9 A.M. until 12 Noon on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Brett Drew will officiate the funeral services at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to Brookville Volunteer Fire Department, Franklin County E.M.S. or the American Diabetes Association. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ann Combs, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit .last_img read more

Thornton professor wins research award

first_img“Her research is all about healthy singing,” Cutietta said. “It is really easy for a singer who isn’t trained properly to ruin her voice, to overuse it or use it incorrectly.”  “I had my own laboratory because I teach studio,” Helding said. “So, I started putting together my own experience as a teacher and coach and connecting the dots between what the research is saying about how people learn.”  Helding said her study of pedagogy requires an understanding of how students learn. Helding is also the author of “The Musician’s Mind: Teaching, Learning, and Performance in the Age of Brain Science” that released earlier this month. She started writing the book 10 years ago when she created a column called “Mindful Voice” in the Journal of Singing, where she introduced the mind as an important part of vocal science. Helding, who studies the intersection between cognitive neuroscience and vocology, has used her research findings in cognitive psychology to protect the vocal health of singers and enhance their learning and performance. She has also applied the mechanisms from her studies to ensure the physical well-being of her students.  Lynn Helding knew she wanted to be a singer when she was 8 years old. Now, years later, Helding is a professor of voice and coordinator of vocology and voice pedagogy at the Thornton School of Music and was named the 2020 Contemporary Commercial Music Institute Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by Shenandoah University for her research in cognitive neuroscience and the teaching of voice.  “A paradigm shift in how we teach … should be on how well students learn,” Helding said. “You have to think about how people actually learn and how they learn best … Those are all questions that cognitive science is looking at.” “It was a total surprise,” Helding said. “It is an honor to be there with the other past awardees … They just started [the award] in 2017, and I feel honored to be only the fourth awardee.” Helding will receive the award in July when she gives the keynote address at the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at the University.  Lisa Sylvester, chair of the vocal arts and opera department at Thornton, said that the work done in the wellness program was critically important to the music industry and the way music was processed and performed.  Lynn Helding, a professor at the Thorton School of Music, won the 2020 Contemporary Commercial Music Institute Lifetime Achievement Award for her research in cognitive neuroscience and vocology. (Ally Wei | Daily Trojan) “I wanted to have graduate students,” Helding said. “As we near the end of our careers, we want to be able to pass on our intellectual property.” “The doctors look at their voice and make sure they have at least a baseline of good vocal health,” Helding said. “If they don’t, they get flagged and [are] advised to get services.”  Thornton Dean Robert Cutietta said that Helding’s research was well-developed even before she came to USC but joined due to its medical school where she could further her research.   “She’s had a whole career developing this research,” Cutietta said. “It’s not as if there was just one study [where] she discovered something. This has been her whole career.” “We had a search several years back, and we needed someone … who could teach the classes and who could advise our teaching assistants,” Sylvester said. “We needed someone for whom that was a focus and she was clearly the most qualified.”  The Musician’s Wellness Initiative program is a partnership between Thornton and Keck School of Medicine in which Thornton student singers get screened at the start of each new academic year at the USC Voice Center.    As part of her emphasis on vocal health, Helding brought in the vocal health component to the Musician’s Wellness Initiative program that Thornton professors William Kanengiser and Stephen Pierce started four years ago, right as Helding started her job at USC. Helding said that she hopes to publish the second edition of “The Musician’s Mind.” Meanwhile, she wishes to pass on her legacy to her students, which is why she decided to work at USC after 22 years of teaching at Dickinson College.  “[Her research] really represents a very high level and high standard of academic work,” Sylvester said. The highlight of Helding’s research is the new focus of pedagogy that she has proposed. Cutietta said her specialization in the field complemented Thornton’s program that incorporates workshops on wellness components such as posture while practicing.    “The more we can understand how our body functions, the better we can sing but also the better we can teach, so when you start teaching, you really learn,” Helding said. “I would say that in performing arts, our singers are closest to dancers in terms of how we use our bodies.” Helding said that as part of her research, she has read and analyzed hundreds of published academic articles on cognitive psychology and its application to classroom environments. last_img read more