Mendoza takes top spot in rankings

first_imgThe Mendoza College of Business was named the top undergraduate business school in the nation for the first time in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s fifth annual rankings, which were released March 4.Notre Dame, which was ranked second in 2009, finished ahead of the business schools of University of Virginia, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Pennsylvania. The criteria include students’ response to teachers, SAT scores, recruiters’ responses to students and student-faculty ratio.“Students boasting about the school’s commitment to ethics, Catholic beliefs and passionate professors helped land Mendoza in first place,” the BusinessWeek article said. “During an economic crisis that has left many young people unemployed, Mendoza also managed a strong showing in career placement, with 95 percent of grads landing a job offer within three months of graduation.”Carolyn Woo, dean of the Mendoza College of Business, said the University’s top spot was “not a sudden event,” noting that the school had been ranked high in the past. “We never set out to excel in the rankings,” she said. “We were doing what we were doing before the rankings. The goal was not to win according to the criteria of the rankings.”Woo said commitment to undergraduate education was the motivating factor for the College’s rise.“What got us there is we are very serious about the education of our students,” she said. “If our students do their part we will do our part.”Woo offered the example of the new Junior Research Challenge: Foresight in Business & Society course, which became a part of the required curriculum last year.“As painful as the Foresight course is … it is really to give our students the skills to look at future issues and trends,” she said. “Our eye is always on the preparation of our students.”Woo said the College’s effective and hardworking faculty, challenging curriculum and devotion to Notre Dame’s core principles helped the school receive high marks from students and recruiters.“When recruiters rank us highly, they probably look at a couple of different things such as how well our students are prepared academically, people skills and ethical judgment,” she said.In addition, Woo credited the entire Notre Dame experience, ranging from First Year of Studies to dorm life, as factors.“We’re not trying to be different,” she said. “We did this because we want to be faithful to the Notre Dame mission.”Woo said the commitment of director Lee Svete and his entire Career Center team were also vital in helping the College claim the top spot, as were the alumni who helped students find jobs.“The alumni really stepped up,” she said.However, Notre Dame is still behind its peers in a few of the items, including a high student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1, lower SATs and lower salaries for faculty members.Woo said many of these statistical issues stem from Mendoza’s policy of admitting anyone who was originally admitted to Notre Dame.“We found that students flourish as business majors,” she said. “Their skills and education background are highly valued.”Woo has resisted the temptation to cap the number of students admitted to Mendoza, largely because freshman year GPA and SAT scores are not adequate measures of long term success.“We are not going to change our policy of how we accept students just so we can be higher in the rankings,” she said. “Our mission is to serve people.”Woo said she had more faith in the BusinessWeek rankings then similar systems largely because they exclude peer evaluations and are more objective.“No rankings are perfect, but I have to say that the BusinessWeek rankings have more legitimate items than other rankings,” she said.Nonetheless, Woo said she would never tailor Mendoza’s curriculum to the rankings.“We were not trying to be number one,” she said. “We’re glad to be recognized as number one, but we have certain principles and commitments that we’re going to always keep.”Woo said she doesn’t believe Notre Dame’s top ranking will lead to a glut of students applying to Mendoza.“This is nothing new because we were number three and then we were number two, so it’s not like all of a sudden we became excellent,” she said. “I hope that people don’t come into the business school unless they are interested in business, but it could generate more interest.”Woo said Mendoza’s top spot was representative of the University’s overall constant striving for excellence.“This is a school to honor the Blessed Mother, and [University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh] once said, mediocrity is not the way we honor the Blessed Mother,” she said. “Everything we do, we should do it as well as we can. We did what we did because it is our mission.”last_img read more

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Sam Shepard’s A Particle of Dread Opens Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments A Particle of Dread is a dark, modern-day take on Oedipus Rex. The play premiered in Ireland and is presented as part of Signature’s Legacy program, which features works of past Signature Playwrights-in-Residence. The U.S. premiere of Sam Shepard’s A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations), officially opens off-Broadway on November 23. Directed by Nancy Meckler, the production stars Oscar nominee Stephen Rea and Tony winner Brid Brennan. The show will run through January 4, 2015 at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations) The cast also includes Lloyd Hutchinson, Jason Kolotouros, Matthew Rausch, Aidan Redmond and Judith Roddy.last_img read more

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Final agreement for Air Jamaica/ CAL merger signed

first_imgLifestyleTravel Final agreement for Air Jamaica/ CAL merger signed by: – May 3, 2011 Share Jamaica’s Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw.KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — As the transition period for the merger of Air Jamaica Limited (AJL) and Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) draws to a close, a shareholder’s agreement was expected to be signed on Saturday, Jamaica’s Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw disclosed.In his Budget Debate presentation in Parliament on Thursday, the finance minister noted that the one-year transition period, which began May 1, 2010, was necessary to ensure that control of AJL’s operations was successfully transferred to CAL, while allowing the time necessary for the Trinidad and Tobago-based company to secure the necessary licences and properly integrate the operations.“As of today, we have so far had a successful operation, and CAL has secured the rights to fly from Jamaica to North America, and has made significant progress in integrating both operations into one, while maintaining the strong Air Jamaica brand,” Shaw said.He noted that the impending merger has been beneficial to the country as there has not been any disruption to airlift capacity, and the government has avoided accruing additional losses from Air Jamaica.Shaw further noted that the government also received a refund of some US$2.4 million on external payables “based on the fact that we made efforts to liquidate expeditiously.”“It should be noted that last fiscal year, the government budgeted US$204.3 million (J$17.6 billion) to pay out certain external payables, and we paid out only US$163 million (J$14.1 billion). We were therefore able to apply the difference to pay off a long-term loan and thereby save hundreds of thousands of US dollars in interest payments,” he noted.Shaw added that, by the end of April 2011, the government would have returned four of the six leased aircraft, based on negotiated early returns, which has saved the country significant future liabilities.By Alecia SmithCaribbean News Now Share 23 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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M-DCPS Makes History Becoming an A-Rated School District

first_imgSuperintendent Carvalho (center) and (from left to right) School Board member Lubby Navarro, Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman, and School Board members Mari Tere Rojas and Dr. Lawrence S Feldman are surrounded by community leaders, teachers, administrators and students. From the the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) announcement of school grades for 2017-18, it has been ascertained that for the first time in the history of the Florida School Performance Grades, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has achieved a district-wide grade of “A.” No “F” rated schools For the second year in a row there are no “F” – rated traditional schools at M-DCPS. Higher percentages of Miami-Dade schools received “A” ratings in 2018 than statewide across all schools, and in all other large Florida districts, including Broward, Hillsborough, Duval, Palm Beach, and Orange. A testament“This historic, record-setting news is a testament to the fortitude and focus of students, teachers, school and District leaders, support staff and every member of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools team,” said Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. “We are fortunate to have the support and visionary leadership of our School Board and a group of talented professionals who I consider the best instructional staff in the nation – our teachers. They believe in the ability, potential, and learning capacity of every child. Today is a great day to celebrate in Miami-Dade.” 47 percent of schools are “A” rated schools In 2018, 47 percent of all Miami-Dade schools received “A” ratings, compared to just 32 percent statewide. This represents an increase of eight percentage points from last year for M-DCPS, compared to a two-point increase statewide.  Ninety-eight percent of M-DCPS schools are rated A, B or C. M-DCPS also received higher ratings than the state and the other large counties when examining the percentage of schools combined across “A” and “B” ratings; and across “A”, “B”, and “C” ratings. For each school level, M-DCPS outperformed schools statewide in the percentage receiving “A” ratings:49 percent of M-DCPS elementary schools, compared to 28 percent statewide.40 percent of M-DCPS middle schools, compared to 33 percent statewide.37 percent of M-DCPS senior high schools, compared to 32 percent statewide.56 percent of M-DCPS combination grade schools, compared to 45 percent statewide. The Florida Department of Education calculates school grades annually based on up to 11 components, including student achievement and learning gains on statewide, standardized assessments and high school graduation rate. School grades provide parents and the public an easily understandable way to measure the performance of a school and understand how well each school is serving its students.last_img read more

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Rexona partners Chelsea in ‘Be The Next Champion’ campaign

first_imgUnilever Ghana Limited through its Rexona deodorant and anti-perspirant brand has launched the ‘’Be The Next Champion’’ campaign as part of its partnership with English giants Chelsea FC. The campaign is a skills competition aimed at choosing a Ghanaian representative to be part of African 11 team to play against Chelsea legends.The lucky aspiring footballer will spend a day training with Chelsea coaches at the team’s training ground in Cobham. The fans are not left out. One lucky fan will win a Chelsea dream to watch the Blues train and meet at the Cobham Training Centre.According to the Managing Director of Unilever Ghana Limited, Mr Yeo Ziobeieton his outfit considers this campaign as an opportunity to provide a platform to showcase to the world the true spirit of Ghanaian football and keep this spirit alive especially so, considering the fact that Ghana did not qualify for World Cup this year. The official coach for the campaign, Laryea Kingston said Ghana holds many players with a huge passion for football and this competition gives them the chance to demonstrate their passion and ability.Former Ghana midfielder and Chelsea legend Micheal Essien is the Brand Ambassador for the campaign.‘’I am happy to be part of this Rexona and Chelsea partnership, I am very happy to be the Ambassador to promote it,’’ he said.‘’Chelsea is the biggest club in Europe at the moment and to be part of it is such an honour, I’m glad to be part of the generation that put Chelsea where it is today so it’s a blessing,’’ He added.The competition will begin in May and end on 21st July 2018. Apart from the two ultimate prizes, there are many exciting prizes up for grabs; autographed memorabilia as well as Rexona hampers, jerseys, headphones, water bottles and soccer balls.last_img read more

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