New trainers network set up in South West

first_imgA new interest group for training and development professionals in the SouthWest is being launched next month at a special event. The Learning that Sticks event will enable trainers to develop presentationskills and accelerated learning techniques. Nicky Taylor, training and communications manager at Cornish snack firmGinsters, arranged the event, in collaboration with the CIPD, to develop bestpractice among trainers in the region. “It is new for Devon and Cornwall and is establishing a network oftrainers,” she explained. The event takes place at St Mellion Golf and Country Club on 10 October withtickets priced at £35 for CIPD members and £40 for others. Contact 01579 386412. New trainers network set up in South WestOn 11 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

‘They didn’t expect to see a dog there’: band remembers ‘unofficial mascot,’ Edwin

first_imgPhoto Courtesy Sam Sanche Edwin, assistant band director Sam Sanchez’s chihuahua-Boston terrier mix, died October 25. Sanchez adopted Edwin in 2007. The dog was a constant present at band functions and served as a mascot of sort for the group.As the years passed, Edwin barked his way into many hearts and became an icon in the marching band community. He ran through the halls and greeted everyone he encountered with a yelp all while living with a heart murmur.Last week, the half chihuahua, half Boston terrier’s story came to a close. Edwin died Oct. 25. Sanchez said Edwin never showed signs of his age or condition in his appearance, but toward the end of Edwin’s life, Sanchez would carry Edwin around in various ways, like in his jacket or wrapped up in his dog bed. The pair spent a lot of time together, and Sanchez said life without Edwin has been an adjustment.“It’s like having kind of a kid with you for, you know, for that many years and you get used to having them and now it’s like, you can get up and go to the bathroom without having to look and see, is he there? Where is he? What is he doing?” he said. “It’s an adjustment. Sometimes it makes you sad, but, you just have to remember how many great years he had and what a great life he had. So I try to focus on that.”Though Edwin was sick for the time most of the current band members have been around, students, including Notre Dame junior Eddie Donnelly, said they couldn’t tell the dog was sick.“It’s important to note that I only knew Edwin for two-and-a-half years, and he was sick during all my years with the band,” Donnelly said. “The little guy was always jumpy. He was always happy. He was always excited to see people, yet he had this heart condition and was still happy was still a fun-loving pup.”Edwin’s energy and excitement were evident from the first time Donnelly met him. He said his first encounter with Edwin was at the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall during marching band registration.“All of a sudden, this dog is barking in the distance, and then he comes hopping down the band hallway like ‘woof woof,’” he said. “Then I was greeted by Edwin, and then Sam Sanchez walked over, he was like, ‘Oh, this is my dog, Edwin,’ and I got excited because that’s my name. My name is Edwin. These past two and a half years, I’ve shared a name with the dog of Sam Sanchez. That was a point of bonding, not only with the dog but also with Sam.”Sanchez said he never intended to frequently bring Edwin with him to work, but due to Edwin’s separation anxiety, the dog basically became another faculty member.“For probably about the first six or seven years that I had him, I would actually take him with me, and he’d be there for all the auditions I would do for the drumline, the sight-reading auditions, he’d be sitting right there,” Sanchez said. “I’m sure that people were like, ‘Why is there a dog here?’ But he would come, he would just sit there on my lap and we would do the audition. He was always there for a lot of that stuff. He was actually always in the office for all of our staff meetings. He’s kind of like that dog on Bush’s Baked Beans and has all the secrets.”Seeing Edwin at band auditions, Donnelly said, was a highlight of his time with the band.“We all always have to audition for Symphonic Winds or Symphonic Band. Whenever I would be at that audition, it would be Sam, his camera and Edwin,” Donnelly said. “He would be videotaping us as we were performing our audition music, and Edwin would always be sitting on his lap. As I walked in, I would shake Sam’s hand and pet Edwin and walk out and do the same, and it was always cool to see Edwin there.”Saint Mary’s junior Greta Minnema said she will always remember Edwin’s presence during rehearsal, especially since that was where she first saw him.“My earliest memory of Edwin is when Mr. Sanchez had to lock him in a practice room because he wouldn’t stop barking while we were trying to tune,” Minnema said. “The funny thing about it was that he’d only bark when we were playing notes. He was completely silent when nothing was going on. A part of me thought he was trying to participate in the tuning with us.”Though Edwin couldn’t be around during the entirety of band rehearsals due to the loud sounds, band members like Notre Dame senior Ashley Sullivan said they loved to see him around as if he were a part of the band.“Sometimes, he would wander through the chairs during rehearsal or just kind of sit and lay down and just randomly start coughing or pop up out of nowhere. Sometimes he would love attention, sometimes he wouldn’t. But it was always entertaining to see,” Sullivan said. “It was comforting to see Edwin just walking around the band building as if he was a part of her own band part of our family.”The band family extends to more than just those directly involved in the marching band. Sanchez said he’d leave Edwin in the care of other band faculty members when Edwin couldn’t travel with him.“Our last administrative assistant, who passed away from cancer, she used to watch him sometimes when I would have to go on trips,” Sanchez said. “I’d always get text messages or pictures of him being dressed up before either St. Patrick’s Day or for Halloween or whatever it was. The look on his face was like, ‘Please come home now.’”As Edwin roamed the halls, he would encounter many people, including those who might have never seen him before.“I always laughed because I would take him outside and people would come out of the Intro to Jazz class,” Sanchez said. “Usually, there were some football players in there, and they would come out and you would have this, like a big like 250-pound lineman walk out, and Edwin would turn and bark and this guy would jump scared. I was always like, yeah, this dog is like eight pounds. But I guess they were just shocked because they didn’t expect to see a dog there.”Even if he was unexpected, Sullivan said it was always fun to see a dog since she never had one at home.“I also work in the band building, so sometimes I’ll just be here by myself, listening to music or going through music and stuff. Then I’ll just have Edwin come up next to me and just sit there and watch me like, ‘Oh, that’s cute,’” she said. “He would normally bark at me and not let me pet him, but he eventually warmed up. [He was] just a good all-around animal.”Though he took time to become completely comfortable around new people, Edwin brought a different kind of energy to the building that was often refreshing for students, Donnelly said.“Oftentimes we students just kind of rush in and just walk past each other like tunnel vision,” he said. “There’s work that we’re worrying about. There’s marching band that we’re worrying about. All this stuff that we’re learning. Then all of a sudden you see this dog just always happy. Just having that little reminder of happiness when you’re at the band building, which could oftentimes be a stressful environment, was nice.”Edwin’s vibes will be missed by all who knew him, Sullivan said.“It’s sad to see him go. We don’t realize how important that dog was to the whole band,” she said. “Having been here four years, we kind of forget that he is also a part of the band, too. He means so much to so many people over the past 12 years that he’s been here.”The dog’s constant presence was something students looked forward to, Saint Mary’s junior Allison Okeley said. “Everywhere you looked, it was always like Mr. Sanchez would either have Edwin in his office or he’d be roaming around the band building. He was always there,” Okeley said. “He was always in our thoughts, because everyone knows about Edwin. It’s the same thing [now]. Even if he’s not there, he’s still always in our thoughts, especially now.”Sanchez said he never anticipated for Edwin to become a fixture in the band community, but he’s happy Edwin’s presence could mean so much to so many people.“I appreciate people’s thoughtfulness and that they’re this interested in Edwin,” Sanchez said. “I appreciate the band members over the years that have loved him and had a great time with him and that have appreciated having him around the building. It’s just really nice.”He may be gone, Minnema said, but he won’t be forgotten.“I’m probably going to remember the impact he had on everyone in the band,” Minnema said. “I know it seems silly to think a little dog could have that big of an effect on that many people, but he was part of the band family. Honestly, I’m pretty sure he was the band mascot. I’m sad the future members of the band won’t get to see him, but they’ll still get to hear all the stories about him.”Tags: dogs, mascot, Notre Dame Marching Band, Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall The beginning of the story is a simple one. In 2007, assistant band director Sam Sanchez made his way to San Antonio to adopt a rescue dog. While Sanchez was playing with one, another dog attempted to snag his attention. The then-2-and-a-half-year-old dog’s pursuits proved successful, and Sanchez made his way back to Indiana with his new companion, Edwin.last_img read more

Big Ten co-leaders collide in Happy Valley

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoThe Badgers’ high-flying offense, No. 1 in the Big Ten in scoring, will test the conference’s best defense when it takes on the Penn State Nittany Lions this Saturday.Led by running back and Heisman candidate Brian Calhoun, who leads the nation with 21 rushing touchdowns and is fifth in all-purpose yards, the Badgers look to tame the Lions.With matching records in the Big Ten (5-1) and overall (8-1), the Badgers and Nittany Lions find themselves fighting for a chance to rise to the top of the conference standings all alone. Penn State, with versatile quarterback Michael Robinson, has the athleticism and quickness that could cause headaches for a slower, less experienced Badger defense.”These guys bring just a more comprehensive look of speed from sideline to sideline,” defensive coordinator Bret Bielema said. “There’s also some nuances and you know [Michael Robinson] probably runs the quarterback draw better than everybody we’ve seen to this point. Obviously he can run the football, but also, he’s developed his throwing skills — he has a very strong arm and can throw the ball very effectively on the move to one of his four or five wide receivers who can change the ballgame in one play.”While his defense hasn’t performed as well as he had hoped, Bielema credits his unit for never giving up.”We’ve given up a lot more yards than I ever anticipated or wanted to, and same thing with points, but the bottom line is, I think we’ve been able to have guys that compete on every play,” Bielema said. “They haven’t given up at any given time, and I don’t expect that to happen anytime in the future.”Defensively, Wisconsin has been banged up, and although they’re not making leaps and bounds in returning guys from injury, they’re gradually getting key players back. Middle linebacker Mark Zalewski is practicing again and expected to play on Saturday after having missed last week’s game.”[Zalewski] looks pretty good,” said Bielema. “I think he’ll be 100 percent.”As for Robinson, at a solid 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds, he not only likes to make the big plays but is willing to take the big hits as well.”[Robinson] is a strong one,” Bielema said. “He made some people look silly out there on just his ability to lower his shoulder. He’s another running back out there and he isn’t going to run out of bounds, he’s not going to look to take a knee or a slide or anything like that — he likes to get as much as he can out of every opportunity he has.”As it is, Robinson has gotten plenty of opportunities and no matter where his coaches put him he has been successful. Last year he played at tailback, took snaps under center as the quarterback and even slotted up as a receiver.His versatility can hurt a team in many ways — like throwing to one of his big receivers or tucking the ball in and running for a big gain. He definitely can do it all. Cumulatively, he has 23 touchdowns, including 10 on the ground to go along with 570 yards and 13 via the air as he has accumulated 1754 yards passing.”Robinson makes the whole click,” Bielema said. “He makes the wide receivers good, the running backs good, but pieces it all together, and he’s the guy that comes through for them.”On the offensive side, the Badgers will try to wear down the Nittany Lions’ front seven by giving the ball to their workhorse, Brian Calhoun. Although this front seven is good at nullifying the run, holding explosive Lawrence Marhoney of Minnesota to just 48 yards on 16 carries, Calhoun can still come out of the backfield and be very effective on screens.But the ingredient to success for the Badgers is ball control.”It’s a time-management game,” said Bielema. “Coach Alvarez is a big believer in time of possession.”While that may be a challenge against the top defense and against the explosiveness of Michael Robinson and the Nittany Lion offense, the Badgers will have to contend with the fans as well. Beaver Stadium is the second-largest stadium in the nation and with a Big Ten title on the line, they’ll be that much hungrier.But Bielema stressed that he and the players are not too concerned about the fans or the monumental weight of this game and will just stick to the game plan, hopefully coming out on top.”I don’t think our guys are going to get caught up in anything other than trying to be 1-0 this week,” Bielema said.last_img read more

Delray Beach 15 year-old Coco Gauff Loses in Round of 16 at Wimbledon

first_imgFifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff of Delray Beach has lost in the round of 16 at Wimbledon. She was up against number seven seed, Simona Halep. Fifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff [[ Goff ]] is now playing her round-of-16 match today at Wimbledon. She’s up against number seven seed, Simona Halep. No one that young has made it this far in the tournament since Jennifer Capriati in 1991. Gauff lost in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 No one that young has made it this far in the tournament since Jennifer Capriati in 1991.last_img

Award-Winning Singer Songwriter Jeanne Jolly Plays Olympia’s Music In The Park

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Jeanne Jolly Award-winning singer-songwriter Jeanne Jolly is invigorating the music scene with her heartfelt lyricism, heavenly range and soulful folk-pop beats tinged in Appalachian Americana. With her unmistakable signature voice, she is carving out music without boundaries that pulls from her classical training and folk sensibility. Audiences all over the U.S. are becoming impressed with her songwriting, her strong country belt and her ability to quickly shift to the dusky lilt of Allison Krauss combined with sophisticated jazz phrasing.  One can only guess that her vocal dynamics & songwriting range come from a performance history as the featured vocalist with Grammy Award winning Jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti, getting a Masters in classical vocal performance from New England Conservatory, & growing up in NC with a deeply rooted love for bluegrass and classic country.  When you ask Jeanne where it all comes from, she’ll tell you, her heart.The Boston Globe reviews, “Once seen and heard, singer-songwriter Jeanne Jolly from Raleigh, N.C., is hard to forget, her songs easy to remember-especially if you have her debut, “Angels”, and have the habit of playing it over and over.”Jeanne’s new album, ‘Angels’ debuted in the top fifteen on the iTunes Singer Songwriter Chart & is garnered with praise for its depth of sweetness and sorrow that can fit any mood and strikes a chord with a variety of music fans. Her songs reflect on the angels that affect all of our lives, leaving the definition of “Angels” to the listener.  It is a grassroots album to really sink your teeth into, defined by the soul-infused single, “Sweet Love”, thoughtful ballads like “Good Man”, topped off with her feisty alt-country romp, “The Hard Way”.The New York Music Daily shares, “she’s got an eye for detail, likes to work the suspense for all it’s worth, and her band is sensational.”  You can view the music video for her single “Sweet Love” here.  In 2012, Jeanne Jolly embarked on a tour of the Pacific Northwest where she headlined the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts and the Red Ants Pants Festival alongside the likes of Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris and Billy Joe Shaver.  She returned to North Carolina as a featured performer at the North Carolina State Fair followed by her national “Angels” Album Release Tour.  Jeanne is currently touring all over the U.S. in support of “Angels”.On August 21, 2013, Jolly comes to Olympia’s Music In The Park.  The free concert series in downtown Olympia’s Sylvester Park will allow music lovers from all over the south sound to enjoy the sounds of Jolly and her sensational band.  The concert starts at 7 pm, but attendees are welcome to come early with blankets, low back chairs, and picnics.  For full details on the Music In The Park Concert Series click here.The Common Folk Review states, “Jolly is undeniably a versatile singer with an amazing and rare ability to sing with the sophistication of modern jazz and the simple passion of an Appalachian Americana. Jolly has a gorgeous voice that isn’t something you hear or happen upon everyday.”  Come and see for yourself why Jeanne Jolly is among the top folk-rock singer/songwriters today.last_img read more