Dowling College Graduates Wonder If They’ll Ever Get Their Diplomas

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Lynne Viccaro O’LearyAn institution of higher learning for over 40 years, Dowling College gained a reputation as a solid liberal arts and aviation school set against the backdrop of the former Vanderbilt mansion on the banks of the Connetquot River. In its heyday, Dowling enjoyed a reputation for providing students with one-on-one attention, and for keeping Long Island’s schools well stocked with capable and talented educators. While some say that its decline was a long time coming, I don’t think too many observers would have predicted that Dowling would crash and burn so monumentally this spring, taking hundreds upon hundreds of faculty, staff and students along with it. It is almost as if the administration followed the playbook of what NOT to do, and followed it to a T.How could a governing body composed of the school’s president and board of trustees—educated and accomplished professionals from across Long Island—have allowed things to get to this point? What were they doing while the college was racking up $54 million of long-term debt? Where did all of that money go? Who was signing off on the books every fiscal year? Where was the oversight?Not only are these questions troubling, the lack of clarity regarding Dowling’s demise is beyond appalling. The complete and utter chaos, the dearth of communication, and the disregard for the faculty, staff and students is almost sociopathic.As a recent graduate from Dowling’s MBA program, I completed my studies literally under the wire as the institution spiraled downward. It took two years of hard work, involving studying nights and weekends to fulfill my longtime dream of earning my master’s degree. Choosing Dowling was easy, because my company had a corporate partnership with them, which let me defer billing via their tuition reimbursement program. The rush from my academic success getting my MBA ended abruptly, when years of fiscal mismanagement suddenly came to a head.First and foremost, the faculty and staff were wonderful. I learned a great deal, and found the academic process extremely gratifying. While completing the capstone class, I met a fantastic group of professionals from all different backgrounds as we collaborated on our final project. It was exhilarating to reach this significant goal collectively as we celebrated our graduation on May 21 with our families and friends.That great feeling of accomplishment lasted about a week. The bottom fell out on May 31, when the administration made the first of many convoluted and panic-inducing announcements.The illustrious leadership said that Dowling College was closing and students had one week to get their transcripts, or be faced with the prospect of finding them in the black hole of the state’s education department. Students and staff faced five- to six-hour long lines as they waited desperately to get some proof of their degrees and coursework so they could plan their futures. Then came the reprieves from the administration, claiming they’d made deals in the 11th hour to save the school. The news prompted the Dowling Alumni Association to go cyberbegging, urging the faculty and staff to return to work after they’d been terminated with little notice. These last-minute machinations were almost surreal.As the final closure approached, things got worse. Along with my fellow graduates, we paid the requisite $150 graduation dues, which were to include a printed diploma. I went back to the campus at the end of June to pick up my transcripts. I found beleaguered staff left to fend for themselves against an angry and confused mob. The college was basically holding our transcripts for ransom until every cent of any outstanding tuition bill was paid then and there.I happened to run into Dowling College President Albert Inserra in the hallway and asked him point-blank if we would get our degrees mailed to us. With a smile, he assured me that they would be in the mail in July. Now August rolls around, and we hear that this is not happening due to Dowling’s failure to both pay the printing company and send them the names of the graduates. It would seem that the college was unduly enriched by accepting those graduation dues and failing to provide degrees. We paid our money in good faith for the privilege of obtaining physical evidence of the degrees we all had worked so hard for—and we were let down yet again in every way imaginable.As for Dowling’s failure of leadership, there has been nothing but radio silence from the Board of Trustees. Apparently they’re too busy with their summer plans and their day-to-day lives to care about the faculty, staff and students scrambling to find viable employment or search for places that will accept the educational credits that they had paid Dowling top dollars for, only to have that tuition money squandered, thrown into the gaping hole of the massive debt that was allowed to fester for years without end.At the very least, Dowling’s Board of Trustees should pass around the collection plate to pay for printing those diplomas for those of us whose degrees are now, for better or for worse, tainted by this fiscal debacle. On behalf of the 300-plus graduates who stood on that football field at Dowling’s Brookhaven campus on May 21, I implore the Board of Trustees to listen to their consciences and not let our lasting impression be that Dowling cheated us from what was rightfully ours. Only then will they gain a glimmer of redemption in this dark chapter of Long Island’s history of higher education.Lynne Viccaro O’Leary is an award-winning marketing and communications strategist and is vice president of marketing at a financial services organization on Long Island. She writes on marketing and management strategies and can be found on Twitter @MktgDriveThru or on Linkedin at linkedin.com/in/marketingdrivethru.last_img read more

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Introducing Dredging Today Conference Speaker Sander Dekker

first_imgSander Dekker, sustainability manager at Van Oord, has confirmed his participation to our first Dredging Today Conference (DTC). During the event, Dekker will take part in the session ‘Climate Change and Its Impact on Dredging’.DTC, set to take place on 9 and 10 October 2017 at Amsterdam RAI, will offer a forward-looking agenda for the industry addressing economic, social and environmental challenges and the capabilities of the dredging industry to tackle these.The event is distinctive in its choice of speakers from around the globe, its room for dialogue and its attention for business rather than technology. The conference is supported by the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC).An important part of the conference is dedicated to climate change, adaptation and resilience. Topics include the impact of climate change on the dredging industry, available funds for climate adaptation solutions, changing client demands and future proofing business strategies.DredgingToday Conference: Changing Climate, Resilient BusinessThe world in which the dredging industry operates, is changing. Climate change, global trade developments and shifts in the world’s energy mix have significant impact on dredging. But where will the effects of climate change be felt most? And what public funds are available to pay for solutions that can protect vulnerable regions? We are also witnessing changes in client demands and with these in the role of dredging contractors. What business strategies do we see emerging and ultimately – what makes the dredging industry future proof?Delegates attending the 1st Dredging Today Conference can expect a forward-looking agenda with attention for business rather than technology.last_img read more

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Expect a furious Pacquiao-Broner showdown

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “If Broner lands cleaner punches and ups his work rate a little bit, he can win the fight,” Garcia, who lost by decision to Shawn Porter in September for the WBC welterweight title, explained.Perfect conditioning should prove a key factor in the fight.Garcia’s only other loss was by split decision in Marh 2017 to highly ranked Keith Thurman who, by the way, sees Broner shining against Pacquiao.Thurman said he was greatly impressed by how Broner drew with Jesse Vargas.Broner, unpredictable and aloft, was said to have started working in the gym two weeks ago.Pacquiao, for his part, was reportedly playing regular night basketball to stay in shape. He’s expected to fly back from California right after the press tour to set up camp.He can’t afford to squander his limited training time.Broner will definitely be a lot stronger and tougher than Pacquiao’s last foe, Lucas Matthysse, who was counted out on his knees after repeatedly sinking without being properly hurt or hit.Broner, without saying a word, promises to be a raging opposite of the disgraced Argentine, who had no choice but exit from boxing after his shameless willing fall in Kuala Lumpur in July.Related stories: Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacquiao, Broner bout confirmed for January 19 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH Azkals not taking Timor lightly Manny Pacquiao. APWBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) will be an overwhelming favorite in his January title defense against Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs).Broner, 29, listed as a former world titlist, is a full decade younger than the legendary fighting Filipino senator, an eight-division world title winner.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Vargas and Broner fought to a draw last April.The battle-tested Danny Garcia, highly ranked and respected welterweight who, in 2015, stopped the then unbeaten Amir Khan, however, said he’s picking Broner to upset Pacquiao.“I know a lot of people are picking Pacquiao,” Garcia said. “I’m going for Broner in an upset. He’s younger.”Nothing much is known about Broner, but he has a reputation for explosiveness; he also appears to be very tough, rugged and untamed.Garcia, who has fought with the best in his class, including Erik Morales, Robert Guerrero, and Zab Judah, said people might think Pacquiao would easily outwork Broner, but they could be in for a surprise.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Pacquiao will be 40 by the time of the big fight slated at MGM Grand Las Vegas on Jan. 19. Based on their respective records and experience, there could be a brewing mismatch, a big yawn.Pacquiao and Broner are scheduled for a two-city—New York and Los Angeles—press tour next week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBefore the fight could be announced by Premier Boxing Champions, there were many who wondered if Broner deserved to be on the same stage with Pacquiao.Freddie Roach said he saw Pacquaio easily outworking Broner; while Jesse Vargas, whom Pacquiao dethroned as WBO welterweight champion in 2016, said Broner was not in the same level with Pacquiao. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Hype on for Pacquiao vs Broner Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Manny Pacquiao teases Floyd Mayweather rematch after January bout View commentslast_img read more

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Beak Careful: Variation May Be Non-Darwinian

first_imgFinch beaks loom large in classical Darwinian theory, but two examples of mouth parts in very different animals show that dramatic variations can be achieved quickly without the slow and gradual accumulation of small changes Darwin envisaged.A. Pufferfish:  The pufferfish that can quickly inflate themselves into spheres have a mouth that is unique among teleost fishes: it looks like a parrot’s beak.  A paper in PNAS1 claimed that their unusual dentition most likely arose through a regulatory modification during embryonic development:Teleost fishes comprise approximately half of all living vertebrates. The extreme range of diversity in teleosts is remarkable, especially, extensive morphological variation in their jaws and dentition. Some of the most unusual dentitions are found among members of the highly derived teleost order Tetraodontiformes, which includes triggerfishes, boxfishes, ocean sunfishes, and pufferfishes. Adult pufferfishes (Tetraodontidae) exhibit a distinctive parrot-like beaked jaw, forming a cutting edge, unlike in any other group of teleosts. Here we show that despite novelty in the structure and development of this “beak,” it is initiated by formation of separate first-generation teeth that line the embryonic pufferfish jaw, with timing of development and gene expression patterns conserved from the last common ancestor of osteichthyans. Most of these first-generation larval teeth are lost in development. Continuous tooth replacement proceeds in only four parasymphyseal teeth, as sequentially stacked, multigenerational, jaw-length dentine bands, before development of the functional beak. These data suggest that dental novelties, such as the pufferfish beak, can develop later in ontogeny through modified continuous tooth addition and replacement. We conclude that even highly derived morphological structures like the pufferfish beak form via a conserved developmental bauplan capable of modification during ontogeny by subtle respecification of the developmental module.Science Daily printed a summary of the paper with a picture of a pufferfish.  It said that pufferfish tooth development is “unchanged through evolution” and uses a “highly conserved process” in its beak development.  The unique structure represents an adaptation of pre-existing tools: “It is an example of re-specification of its genetic tool-kit for tooth development toward a very alternative, and unique, dentition.”B. Madagascar birds:  Move over, Darwin finches: the vangas of Madagascar show more diversity than the Galapagos birds Darwin made famous.  The seed-eating vangas show wide variation in body size, feeding habit, beak shape and size, and coloration.  Science Daily showed a vanga family tree of 22 species inhabiting the island that “differ considerably in terms of morphology and resulting foraging habits.”  How did these differences arise?  Not the way Darwinians thought, the article surprised readers. “Until now, Madagascan vangas were also viewed to be a textbook example of this process” – the rapid filling of vacant ecological niches.The new idea is that vangas underwent two bursts of rapid diversification separated by long periods of stasis: the first when the birds arrived, the second when a “key morphological innovation” emerged among some of them much later – a sickle-shaped bill that “enabled the new species to retrieve insects hidden under the bark of trees, and so occupy a new dietary niche.”  At first glance, this sounds like two Darwin wins instead of one.  The last paragraph, however, casts doubt on what is known in even textbook cases of Darwinian evolution:The fundamental study by the international team indicates for the first time that the amazing diversity of the vangas evolved in a two-step process. The study also illustrates how much of Madagascar and its unusual biodiversity is still not fully understood, and what exciting scientific discoveries may await there. Furthermore, the study shows that a morphological key innovation and related new foraging strategy may result in a burst of speciation, even after the group has already reached its ecological limit. Previously, researchers had thought this to be possible, but it had never been demonstrated. However, the high specialization of the vangas might now be their doom: the habitat to which the birds have adapted over the past 25 million years is shrinking quickly as a consequence of land use and climate change.The subtitle of that paragraph was, “First evidence for old ideas.”  Did they really mean to imply that there has been no evidence for a Darwinian idea for 153 years?  The new story, being told by an international team that studied the vangas, is that a founder population arrived 25 million years ago, quickly diversified and reached an ecological limit, and stopped evolving.  Then, a key “innovation” just “emerged” 15 million years later, and the birds – that had been living without evolving all that time – underwent another rapid burst of diversification with the new sickle-shaped beaks (until humans started threatening them with “land use and climate change”).  The abstract of the original paper in PNAS chirped,2 “Morphological space bears a close relationship to diet, substrate use, and foraging movements, and thus our results demonstrate the great extent of the evolutionary diversification of the Madagascan vangas.”Science Daily did not explain how the sickle-shaped beak “emerged,” how the male with the sickle beak found a female with the same innovation to pass it on, how the birds learned to use it and develop a taste for new food, why the prey did not evolve counter-measures, how the beak shape correlated with color changes, or why innovations were so rare as to keep Darwin’s theory in check for millions of years at a time.  The original paper also stated, “Why some lineages undergo adaptive radiation is not well-understood, but filling unoccupied ecological space appears to be a common feature.”C. Hopelessness:  PLoS Biology3 shared a paper that underscored how difficult it is to confirm a case of adaptive evolution in an ecological community:Understanding how natural selection drives evolution is a key challenge in evolutionary biology. Most studies of adaptation focus on how a single environmental factor, such as increased temperature, affects evolution within a single species. The biological relevance of these experiments is limited because nature is infinitely more complex. Most species are embedded within communities containing many species that interact with one another and the physical environment. To understand the evolutionary significance of such ecological complexity, experiments must test the evolutionary impact of interactions among multiple species during adaptation.The authors suggested a method for isolating evolutionary effects from the tangle of infinite complexity in the real world, but could only offer hope for the future.  “If evolutionary biology is to become a predictive science,” they concluded (implying it is not yet a predictive science), “future research needs to embrace the complexity inherent to communities and ecosystems.”  They even stated that previous studies are misleading: “In this regard it will be important to move beyond studying static patterns of trait variation and selection that are currently employed, which can provide a misleading snap-shot of evolution.”  Perhaps the pufferfish and vanga beak studies come to mind, warning evolutionists to be careful when speaking about freak beaks or diversification peaks.1. Fraser et al, “Replacing the first-generation dentition in pufferfish with a unique beak,” PNAS May 7, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1119635109 PNAS May 7, 2012.2. Jønsson et al, “Ecological and evolutionary determinants for the adaptive radiation of the Madagascan vangas,” PNAS April 13, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1115835109 PNAS April 24, 2012 vol. 109 no. 17 6620-6625.3. Turcotte MM, Corrin MSC, Johnson MTJ (2012) Adaptive Evolution in Ecological Communities. PLoS Biol 10(5): e1001332. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001332.Birds are real, pufferfish are real, but “evolutionary understanding” (an oxymoron) is a flight of fancy.  Design biologists have explanations, too; they put the capacity for adaptation in the design of the organism, not in the ability of the environment to make lucky adaptations emerge, or in the Stuff Happens Law to create key innovations by chance.  How did the Darwin charlatans ever gain such power and control over the journals and media?  How can their hegemony be hedged?  Maybe the environment will take care of it.  Maybe land use and climate change will threaten the Darwinists’ ecological niche, too.  A niche in time saves design. (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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9 months agoImpossible for Chelsea to sell Barcelona target Willian says Sarri

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Impossible for Chelsea to sell Barcelona target Willian says Sarriby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says it is impossible to lose Willian during the current transfer window.The winger has been linked with Barcelona in recent weeks.Asked about the Blaugrana’s reported interest in Willian, Sarri said: “I didn’t receive anything yesterday. I have no idea.”You have to contact the club and ask about the market, because if you ask me about the market, you put me in trouble because I don’t know how to answer. As you know, Willian for us is very important.”I think he can do better, he can do better because of his potential but he is really very important to us, so I think it is impossible to lose him in January.” last_img read more

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Youth who emerged from Ontario foster care propose improvements to system

first_imgAPTN National NewsA new report was released Monday on child welfare in Ontario, but with a unique twist.This one was produced by young people who have experienced the foster care system.It found that Crown wards are more likely to be involved with the criminal justice system, face homelessness and less likely to pursue higher education.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has more.last_img

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Aphria strikes deal with Southern Glazers on cannabis distribution

first_imgLEAMINGTON, Ont. – Aphria Inc. says it has reached a deal that will see Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits become its exclusive distributor of recreational cannabis products in Canada.The Leamington, Ont.-based cannabis producer says Southern Glazer’s new Canadian subsidiary Great North Distributors, which will focus specifically on cannabis products, will represent the company when recreational use is legalized.Aphria says the deal with Southern Glazer’s, one of North America’s largest wine and spirits distributors, will give it coverage of all cannabis retailers across Canada on the first day of legal adult-use sales.The deal comes as cannabis producers have been looking to strike agreements with distributors and firm up space with retailers as legalization in Canada approaches.Edmonton-based Aurora Cannabis Inc. announced in February it would buy a 20 per cent stake in retailer Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd., which changed its name last week to Alcanna Inc. to reflect it now has alcohol and cannabis divisions.Canopy Growth Corp. reached a deal last fall with Constellation Brands that saw the alcohol supplier invest $245 million for a 10 per cent stake in Canopy, and the two partner on marketing and product development.Companies in this story: (TSX:APH)(TSX:ACB)(TSX:WEED)last_img read more

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Nvidia Nordstrom fall PGE Sprint rise

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday:Nvidia Corp., down $37.96 to $164.43The chipmaker said it had a large number of unsold chips because of a big drop in mining of cryptocurrencies.Nordstrom Inc., down $8.06 to $50.93The department store retailer issued weak guidance for the full year.PG&E Corp., up $6.66 to $24.40Remarks by the head of California’s utility regulator reassured investors that the financial hit from the state’s wildfires could be limited.Williams-Sonoma Inc., down $6.80 to $53.76The cookware seller said products were delayed because of shipping congestion out of China ahead of U.S. tariffs.Intel Corp., up 72 cents to $48.83The company announced a $15 billion increase to its stock buyback authorization.Shoe Carnival Inc., up $2.78 to $39.87The company reported earnings that were much higher than analysts were forecasting.Sprint Corp., up 19 cents to $6.31Reuters reported that the chief financial officer of T-Mobile said its acquisition of Sprint could close early next year.Exxon Mobil Corp., up 77 cents to $78.96Share in energy companies rose along with the rice of U.S. crude oil.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Grande Prairie RCMP looking for missing man

first_imgKory KUJANSUU. Photo by RCMP GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. — The Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 33-year-old man.Kory Kujansuu was last seen in Grande Prairie at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17th near the Podollan Inn and Spa. Police say Kujansuu may be travelling to Airdrie. He is described as Caucasian, standing 5’8” tall, weighing 180 lbs., with blonde hair and hazel eyes.There is a concern for Kujansuu’s well-being, and police would like to locate and speak with him as soon as possible. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700, or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS).last_img read more

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Council approves 235k from next years budget for 100th St greenway planning

first_imgAmong the ideas proposed for the greenway include reducing 100th St. from four lanes to three with dedicated lanes for turning, switching to angled parking to increase access to traditional street fronting business, and wider pedestrian/bike paths with green areas and increased tree coverage.The report proposed that the City hold a “charrette,” which is an intense time-specific planning event that involves multiple stakeholders.“The purpose of the charrette would be to develop a concept that is acceptable to most of the participating stakeholders, which would include City Council, affected businesses, local community groups, and the general public,” stated Shopland in the report.The budget for the 7-day charrette, which would likely occur during the first three months of next year, is approximately $450,000.That budget includes all of the project’s development costs including blueprints, consulting fees, and staff wages.The City had already set aside $215,000 from this year’s capital budget for the charrette, and on Monday, Council voted in favour of allocating an additional $235,000 from next year’s capital budget for the rest of the planning session’s funding. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council has voted in favour of the City hosting planning sessions with residents regarding the development of a pedestrian and bicycle greenway along 100th St. through the downtown area.Victor Shopland, the City’s General Manager of Integrated Services, said in a report that the greenway is part of the City’s downtown action plan to help increase foot traffic in the area near 100th St. and 100th Ave. to bolster livability for residents and businesses.Shopland said in his report that the greenway as proposed would run along 100th St., connecting to the existing greenway north of 110th Ave. and running south to 96th Ave.last_img read more

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