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  • Global Connections builds bridge between international students, community

    September 2nd, 2014

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Melike Faiz’s first month in the United States was a major challenge.

    She had no friends, her grasp of English was shaky and she was taken aback by the contrast between State College and her bustling home, the Turkish capital of Ankara.

    “I said this ‘Is this the USA, really? Its really small, what can I do here?” the visiting doctoral scholar recalled.

    But soon, Faiz would find a path to cultural understanding that started at 427 Boucke Building, the home of Global Connections and its myriad programs for international visitors. Through Global Connections, Faiz joined a book club, found English language courses and broadened...

    Global Web of Financial Connections in Burger King’s Deal for Tim Hortons

    September 2nd, 2014

    Lee Memorial Health System’s finance chief stepping down

    September 1st, 2014

    Lee Memorial Health System announced today a reshuffling of its top financial officers, following the decision by its chief financial officer to step down after 20 years with the organization.

    Chief Financial Officer Mike German will retire in September, the final month of the health systems budget year. Ben Spence, a health system budget controller, will replace German in the post. The chief financial officer is responsible for planning the health systems $1.3 billion budget and ensuring its continued profitability.

    Jim Nathan, the health systems president and CEO released a statement this morning saying German will be greatly missed.

    He has developed an impressive finance...

    Good Samaritan app could make life-saving connections

    September 1st, 2014

    Mark White, a doctor with Londons Air Ambulance service, says hes flown to too many medical emergencies where faster medical intervention could have saved lives. So he created an smartphone app that connects medically-trained...

    Creating Connections — The Power of Employee Engagement in Southeast Asia

    September 1st, 2014

    “How engaged is your workforce?” is fast becoming one of the most asked questions in organizations around the world. Employee engagement is seen to be vital to performance, innovation, productivity and business success.


    Because a direct chain links the employee experience with the customer experience, leading to sales, driving revenue, enhancing an organization’s reputation and improving overall corporate performance.

    For multinational corporations (MNCs) operating in Southeast Asia, increasing employee engagement levels is an obvious and urgent goal. The trends in employee engagement, however, can best be described as lackluster – in Asia,...

    NATO sets up 4 trust funds to finance Ukraine army reforms

    August 31st, 2014

    BRUSSELS, August 29. /ITAR-TASS/. NATO is establishing four trust funds to finance the modernization of the Ukrainian armed forces, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday.

    We are establishing four trust funds to finance concrete initiatives within four areas; logistics, command and control, cyber defence, and help to military personnel, including wounded personnel, Rasmussen said.

    He also said that some NATO member-states announced concrete financial contributions to these trust funds and it was signalled that more announcements may come forward at the summit in Wales next week.

    The whole purpose of these trust funds is to finance activities that...

    Henry: Cornhole is nothing to dismiss out of hand

    August 31st, 2014

    Labor Day is upon us, a time to relax, enjoy the waning warmth of summer, have a few adult beverages, consider the contributions of labor and play cornhole.

    This last activity would not have made my list of Labor Day activities a year ago, but cornhole has been a 2014 revelation to me.

    My education began on Memorial Day weekend when I attended the wedding of Charlie and Karin Lewis in Boothbay, Maine. As the bride was of Swedish descent and had lived in Amsterdam, many of the guests were from overseas. They were a stylish lot, speakers of many languages and sophisticated in manners and dress. It was left to me to play the rube, which for some reason proved easy.


    Supernatural connections in ‘Jamie Marks Is Dead’

    August 31st, 2014

    The early scenes of Carter Smiths atmospheric indie horror film Jamie Marks Is Dead do a fine job portending something wintry, disturbing and tense. When the body of routinely bullied high school outcast Jamie Marks is found near the banks of a river in upstate New York, chums Gracie (Morgan Saylor), who discovered Jamie, and Adam (Cameron Monaghan) find something else in common besides their somber sensitivity: They now see his ghost (Noah Silver).

    Amazon and Google face off — in the sky

    August 31st, 2014

    Google (GOOGL) has now joined a small, but growing number of companies that are developing a drone delivery system. The tech giant revealed Thursday that it has tested a 5-foot wide single-wing...

    William Lyon Homes opens two communities

    August 30th, 2014

    William Lyon Homes presents two neighborhoods â?? Lyon Estates and Serenity Ridge.

    â??At William Lyon Homes, we begin with the geographic setting for each individual community,â? said Linda Kemper, vice president of sales and marketing. â??From that starting point, we begin incorporating complementary style and character with inviting architecture, fresh design and building features that both serve and beautify.

    â??Each new element in the process incorporates the last, and thatâ??s the key to developing a home that forms a cohesive whole,â? Kemper continues. â??So that in the end, weâ??ve presented our customers a residence with an uncommon personality that speaks...