Jackson treasured all of his days at USC

first_imgCorrection: The printed version of this article stated that Jackson had been at USC for 26 years. Jackson has been at USC for 18 years but has served as a dean  or vice president of student affairs for 26 years. The Daily Trojan regrets the error. The view from Michael L. Jackson’s office shows the scope of his role as vice president for Student Affairs. From the second floor of the Student Union, Jackson can see tours of prospective students gather in front of Tommy Trojan or watch undergraduates zip down Trousdale Parkway on bikes.This is it · Vice President of Student Affairs Michael Jackson is set to step down in June. He will take a yearlong sabbatical in Hawaii. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanIn his 18 years at USC, Jackson has led a key department during a crucial time in the university’s history. Of course, Jackson knew this when President Emeritus Stephen B. Sample recruited him away from Stanford University.“[Sample] stressed that we were going to push this institution forward and make it better than anyone thought it could be,” Jackson said. “Having been at Stanford, where they do that quite successfully, being given the opportunity to be part of an incoming team was very exciting for me.”As the university produced more research, increased the number of graduate students and admitted more competitive applicants, Student Affairs had to adapt.“When I first arrived, this was a commuter campus. We hardly had any night activities. We had students leaving in droves,” Jackson said. “Our six-year graduation rate was in the mid-60s, but now it’s closer to 92 percent. We didn’t have as many international students, and 75 percent of undergraduates were from Southern California.”Student Affairs at USC includes departments ranging from El Centro Chicano to International Student Services and the Health Center and the Daily Trojan.Under Jackson’s leadership, Student Affairs established the LGBT Resource Center, expanded the Center for Women and Men, revamped the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development, added the Parents Programs Office and created the Kortschak Center for Learning, among myriad accomplishments.While Jackson’s wide smile reveals a fatherly pride when he speaks of these programs, Jackson emphasized how it’s the students who come to USC  that really make the university better. Students have doubled the number of student organizations from about 400 to more than 800, and students have developed multiple leadership programs.For example, since he arrived, the proportion of Greek students has increased from 12 to 20 percent while those students maintain a higher average GPA than the total student body. USC is one of 64 universities where this happens.“Dr. Jackson has been an innovative and supportive leader who cares deeply about the student experience,” said  Denzil Suite, the associate vice president for Student Affairs. “The Trojan Family will not be the same without him.”As the university has grown, so has the physical space used by branches in Student Affairs, prompting the construction of the Parkside Residence Hall, Arts and Humanities Residence Hall, the Ronald Tutor Campus Center and the Engemann Student Health Center.“Those represent a collective effort and a real commitment to the student experience,” Jackson said. “They’re really saying to prospective students and their families that this is a serious place. We really take the student experience seriously and we want to provide a set of experiences and facilities that help students learn and figure out who they are.”This fact is not lost on others in Student Affairs. Lynette Merriman, senior associate dean of students, said future students will benefit from Jackson’s legacy.“Dr. Jackson’s career has been all about students — the student experience, their education and their developmental growth,” Merriman said. “It is hard to imagine the impact that he has had on so many young people’s lives. Through his compassion and commitment to students individually and collectively, the USC campus community has evolved into one that is admired throughout the country.”Though Jackson has overseen a key division during a period of great change in the university, he remains humble about his accomplishments.“I’m a firm believer in low ego and high results. That’s number one,” Jackson said. “It’s about finding great people and supporting them, really listening to them and encouraging them to take initiative.”This emphasis on service, Jackson said, is inspired by those who mentored him.“When I was a young man, other people helped me and they saw something in me,” Jackson recalled. “They helped me to develop my potential and to understand that I had a role to play in society.”This has pushed Jackson to ensure Student Affairs always focuses on students.“It’s really about creating an environment of success for students,” Jackson said. “As long as one keeps that at the core of what one is doing, it makes it easier to make decisions and figure out what the most important thing is.”Though Jackson said there’s still work he would like to do at USC (such as increasing RecSport’s facilities), he’s ready to retire. After earning a bachelor’s degree at Stanford and a master’s and doctorate from University of Massachusetts Amherst, Jackson served as dean of students at Stanford University for eight years before coming to USC. All in all, Jackson has spent the last 40 years working in student affairs departments full time. He has been on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 26 years.“That eventually wears you down a bit,” Jackson said. “Now, at the end of my time here, I’m nostalgic and I’m a bit sad because I’ve put so much into it, but I know I put as much into it as I can.”Though Jackson will continue to teach at the Rossier School of Education and advise the university’s Office of International Services after a yearlong sabbatical, which he plans to spend in Hawaii with his wife, Jackson said he is excited to hang up his coat.“The first few months, I’m going to do as much of nothing as I possibly can,” Jackson said. “I’ve been working every day for 40 years. I don’t know what it’s like to not work everyday.”Jackson said he’s been honored to be part of the Trojan Family, even with all its highs and lows.“There were a few bumps in the road here and there but, by and large, it’s really been a blast,” Jackson said. “There’s no better gift than being able to work at a place like USC.”last_img read more

O’Shea pays tribute as he exits manager role

first_imgHe also paid tribute to the players and their families and said he was in no doubt that the future of Tipp hurling is bright with the current crop of players. The Cloughjordan native has stepped down from the manager’s post following the Premier’s exit from this year’s All Ireland championship. Selector Michael Ryan is set to take up the mantle. Speaking on Extra Time here on Tipp FM last night, O’Shea had a special word of thanks for the Tipperary GAA fans. last_img

New England Patriots’ live tweet N-word from 1 millionth follower

first_imgThe New England Patriots had a costly fumble on the goal line of social media.The Patriots faux pas popped off during a Twitter campaign that was meant to highlight the NFL team’s one millionth follower — and it backfired spectacularly late Thursday when an account with a racial slur handle was named the winner.The team emblazoned the N-word across the back of a team jersey and sent the tweet out to stunned fans.The offensive tweet said: “Thanks for helping us become the first NFL team with 1 million followers! #1MillionPatriots.”Moreover, the social media image included a handwritten note signed by Patriots bad-boy tight end Rob Gronkowski.New England later deleted the tweet and apologized, calling the gaffe a filtering problem.“We apologize for the regrettable tweet that went out from our account. Our filtering system failed & we will be more vigilant in the future.”— New England Patriots (@Patriots)November 14, 2014The Patriots were roasted by the fumbled nevertheless:Live shot of the@Patriots front officepic.twitter.com/ttGRSl7Kw9— Jason Sparks (@sparksjls)November 14, 2014Congrats to Riley Cooper on being the Patriots millionth follower!#1MillionPatriots— Jesse (@JesseBealJr) November 14, 2014@Patriots SMH RAY RICE GAVE A BETTER APOLOGY— Richie Cobb III (@R_CIII)November 14, 2014@AndrewLucksHead tweeted: “Has Roger Goodell suspended the @Patriots twitter feed yet?”last_img read more

Second Annual Olympia Acoustic Festival Features Northwest Favorites

first_imgSECOND STAGE (MC: andy shmushkin) www.shmushkin.bandcamp.comJames Coates 1:30pm www.coatesmusic.wix.com/jamescoatesofficialKat Jones 2:30pm www.katjonesmusic.comAnna Gordon 3:30pm www.annagordon.bandcamp.comElk and Boar 4:30pm www.elkandboar.comThe Grey Wharf 5:30 www.facebook.com/TheGreyWharfHEADLINING SETJuniper Circus 6:30pm www.tobiastheowl.bandcamp.comSamsel and the Skirt 7:30pm www.samselandtheskirt.comFor more information and updates follow us on Facebook.  For more information you can email us at  olyacousticfest@gmail.com  or reach us by phone at360.349.4427 (Paul Mauer, organizer/performer). Submitted by The Olympia Acoustic FestivalThe fun-loving, hard-working Oly Mountain Boys take time out to pose for a photo amidst the iconic Pacific Northwest beauty which infuses their music. Photo courtesy Oly Mountain Boys.The Olympia Acoustic Festival, is an event that is an all day celebration of the collaboration and diverse acoustically driven music and artists of the Pacific Northwest. Euphoria Tea Productions, Archibald Sisters, Fish Tail Brewery, Olympia Ballroom, and The Urban Onion have all made this event possible with their sponsorship and the day won’t disappoint.  We held our first event last year with amazingly beautiful support from the community. It’s not hard to embrace the music of this region! It will be held again in the beautiful historic Olympia Ballroom and the Urban Onion downstairs.The event will take place on March 29 with acts beginning at 1 p.m. and playing until midnight.  The Main Stage Acts can be seen in the Olympia Ballroom and the Second Stage Acts will be heard in the Urban Onion.Local arts and food vendors will be featured on the mezzanine. And an indoor beer garden in the Ballroom after 7pm.This Year we have an awesome line up. Please check out the performer’s collective websites, listen, like and share.  Ticket sales opened on February 14th 2014.Advanced $12 / door $15. kids under 12 are free! Tickets available at: Brown Paper Tickets.MAIN STAGE (MC: christopher gray)Kari Anewhouse 1pm www.karinewhouse.comMark Macminn 2pm www.markmacminn.comBirds of a Feather 3pm www.reverbnation.com/robertboydThe Brothers Jim 4pm www.reverbnation.com/tbjPaul Mauer 5pm www.paulmauermusic.comAaron English 6pm www.aaronenglish.comBradford Loomis 7pm www.bradfordloomis.comHEADLINING SETScience! 8pm www.scienceseattle.comShawn Smith 9p www.shawnsmithsinger.comOly Mountain Boys 10p www.olymountainboys.com Facebook5Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Nikhat Zareen calls for a trial bout against Mary Kom to decide who will…

first_imgAdvertisement 6l8qaNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbfdWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1kxr( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b4ysttWould you ever consider trying this?😱4di1bCan your students do this? 🌚yRoller skating! Powered by Firework Nikhat Zareen has called for a trial bout against Mary Kom in the category of 51Kg Boxing to decide who will represent India in the Tokyo Olympics next year. The rule of Boxing Federation of India states that only gold and silver medalists will be extempted from the trial round of Olympics qualifiers. However, BFI has now decided to send the Bronze medalist Mary Kom directly in the Olympics qualifiers.Advertisement According to Nikhat Zareen, it is going to be unfair. All should be given equal chances to represent his/her country at the biggest stage and the rule should be same to all. The rule can not change overnight to favour someone. Nikhat demands for fair play in this case.Advertisement Today, Nikhat Zareen wrote a letter to the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Kiren Rijju to look into this matter. According to her, the gold medalists like Michael Phelps also had to go through trial before the qualifying round. So, there should not be any problem for Mary Kom to participate in the trial round.The gold medalist in shooting for India, Abhinav Bindra openly supported Nikhat Zareen in Twitter. However, both of these sportspersons are attached with JSW group.India suffers double elimination in World Athletics Championships with Javelin and 4×400 relay teams failing to make the cut Advertisementlast_img read more

A New Sensory Playground is Coming to Dorbrook Park

first_imgFortunately, they committed to the project and the fundraising ball began to roll. “We started coming up with different grants and fundraisers. We just started grinding. I spoke at churches and businesses, $100 here, a thousand there,” he said. The money raised by the Lions was presented to the Friends of the Monmouth County Parks, which acts as the intermediary between outside organizations and the Monmouth County Park System on projects like the Sensory Den. With the help of grants and the support of the community, the Lions Club raised $140,000 to fund the project. At 10 a.m. Aug. 22 members of the Colts Neck Lions Club and the Friends of the Monmouth County Parks will gather at Dorbrook Park to break ground on the Sensory Lions’ Den, a playground that will be open to all children but has been specially designed for kids with visual impairments. The idea for the playground began with Justin Lotano, Colts Neck Lions Club president, and his wife Christina, as they sat on their sofa at home one night discussing possible projects the Lions Club could pursue. The closest such playground in New Jersey was at the St. Joseph’s School for the Blind in Jersey City, where sensory cues in theplayground provide visually impaired kids with the freedom to play. Justin Lotano paid them a visit. “I learned how important it is for children to be able to have the confidence to play on equipment that other children are playing on,” he said. The playground will also feature musical instruments like large xylophones, drums that make different sounds and a game that plays different animal sounds when kids push its buttons. There will also be button-activated misting columns. By Eileen Moon The central piece of the Sensory Den will be a global motion dome. “You can grab onto it and get inside it and it spins,” Lotano said. The international philanthropic organization has long been known for its work on behalf of blind and visually impaired children and adults around the world, scheduling vision screenings, repairing and distributing eyeglasses, and funding research and treatment of eye diseases. He then presented his proposal to the Monmouth County Park System, meeting with officials and park administrators to ask them to consider building a sensory playground at Dorbrook Park. The park on Route 537 has had a playground designed for children with disabilities called the Challenger Place playground for the past 15 years, but it didn’t address specific visual challenges. Spinning on the Global Motion playground feature improves posture and balance. Photo courtesy Colts Neck Lions “It’s been a refreshing thing for the whole club,” Lotano said. “Our membership has doubled.” So Lotano went back to his fellow Lions Club members and asked them to raise the $125,000 necessary to fund the construction of the playground. “We are excited to assist them in bringing this project to fruition,” said Maria Wojciechowski, executive director of the Friends of the Monmouth County Park System. “I spoke with the park system last week and they are in process. We expect it to open in October.” If all of that sounds like fun, the good news is that while the playground is designed to be accessible for kids with visual impairments, it’s also designed to provide fun for all kids. But to the Lotanos, creating a playground where visually impaired kids could have the kind of fun that every child needs, was paramount. As the Lotanos’ idea began to gather steam, Justin Lotano set to work exploring what type of equipment was available, what costs were involved and what obstacles would have to be overcome in order to make the sensory playground a reality in Monmouth County. Lotano traveled to St. Joseph’s School for the Blind with an architect for the park system. Once the county had all the facts, Lotano said, it agreed to the project. “Once we got the county on board, it was just a matter of figuring out how to come up with the money,”Lotano said. “Our ultimate goal is to bring all the children together,” Lotano said. COLTS NECK – Thanks to a group of people united by a common vision, kids with visual impairments will no longer have to sit on the sidelines while other kids are having fun on the playground at Dorbrook Park. Colts Neck Lions Club members, from left, Andrew Lotano, Justin Lotano, John Sakoutis and John Grabovski. Photo courtesy Colts Neck Lions “This is a club that normally raises $10,000 a year,” Lotano said. “You can imagine the looks on their faces.” “My wife came up with the idea,” Lotano said. Initially, the Lotanos weren’t sure if such a thing even existed. They soon found out that it did. The Friends of the Monmouth County Parks will thank the Colts Neck Lions Club for its donation at a wine and craft beer tasting to take place at Tatum Park in Middletown Sept. 19. Contact friendsofthemonmouthcountyparks.com for more information.last_img read more


first_imgAs the “Official Ride of Santa Anita Park,” Uber and Santa Anita are once again “putting fans first” as Uber users can travel to and from The Great Race Place on any racing day and receive 50 percent off their fare.Fans using the Uber/Santa Anita promotional code 2016SANTAANITA can skip parking fees and with a maximum of $20 off each way, per visit, this is a terrific way to “go racing” from throughout the metro LA area.  The 50 percent discount promotion is available to fans for an unlimited number of visits through Thursday, Nov. 3.Uber, which has become a way of life for millions nationwide, offers everyday low prices utilizing a wide variety of available vehicles, from low cost models to high end luxury.  Uber drivers use their own vehicles and come from all walks of life and the Uber experience has been designed with safety and security as top priorities.Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet will run through Sunday, Nov. 6.  The two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships will come to Santa Anita for a record ninth time on Nov. 4 & 5.  For more information on live racing and Santa Anita’s 2016 Uber promotion, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more