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A celebrated American tradition – being the first in your family to attend college – is the basis of a charitable effort of stunning scope in the Chicagoland area.
In Hollywood, money makes the world go around and confidence is king. And, when the opportunity is presented for industry insiders to hang out in an atmosphere like the French Riviera, the business side of film can take over.
It is the nature of volunteerism that you find yourself working with people for whom life is unfairly difficult. Such is the case for the student-athletes from the University of Minnesota who have formed a bond with HopeKids to give moments of pleasure to families of children with terminal illnesses.
On Monday, June 23, the LiFE Sports camp at Ohio State provided another opportunity for development to kids.
Northwestern students have graduated, meaning the Class of 2014 have closed the books on their collegiate careers. Let’s take a look at how some recent graduates looked back, and how one university honored their retiring leader.
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Stromsburg, Nebraska, is a town with 1100 people living in one square mile. It also got to host a touring performance of UNL alum Becky Key Boesen’s play What the Wind Taught Me. The story was inspired by the playwright’s visit to Joplin, Missouri, right after the devastating tornado in 2012.
For tennis fans we’ve entered the sweet spot of Grand Slam season. The French Open just ended and the eyes of the sport are focused on Wimbledon and the US Open will be upon us in no time. The summer also marks a major spike in tennis participation so we thought it was appropriate to reconnect with Katrina Adams, a prominent voice on the world stage of the sport.
When Devin Moss was in college, he was rejected from joining a fraternity and serving as a resident assistant because of his sexual orientation.
In the spring of 2012, Iowa provost P. Barry Butler announced a strategic plan under the pillar, “Better Futures for Iowans.” The initiative invited proposals for how to delegate funding for the project. Faculty and staff submitted 28 applications, of which 13 were selected.
“I kind of fell in love with volunteering at an early age,” said Hillary Nolting. “That’s what made me want to continue doing it in my college career.”
“I never thought I would do this ride, but it’s something I had to be a part of.”
“Doing good is really the point of our lives. If we can do well and do good, that’s certainly a goal that we would like to accomplish.” — Nick Henninger, Community Pipeline
How did Rube Goldberg’s name become synonymous with overcomplicated machines that do simple tasks? Because he made cartoon fun of complicated machines. He was so successful at his drawings that a hundred years after his birth, Purdue University decided to harness the obsession Americans have with his absurdly complex machines and founded a competition for people to design machines like Goldberg drew.
Katie Landgrebe from the Northwestern women’s soccer team traveled to Nicaragua for a week in May to work in one of OneSight’s (OneSight.org) five-day global clinics. Along with the in-depth community knowledge and relationships of Amigos for Christ (AmigosforChrist.org) based in Chinandega, Nicaragua, the OneSight team provided eyecare to almost 3,000 patients from the northern region of the country.
“How do people afford going to games?”
Exavier B. Pope I, Esq. is an award-winning attorney, on air legal analyst, media personality, and Fortune 500 speaker. He has appeared on Fox News Channel, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, WGN Morning News, Fox Business Channel, Huff Post Live, CBS 2 News, NBC Chicago News, Clear Channel Stations, NBC Sports Radio, and other radio outlets nationally and internationally. You can follow him on Twitter at @exavierpope.
Just last Thursday, President Obama admitted to having one as a child. Major League Baseball star Justin Morneau is making national headlines for recovering from one. More and more parents of kids in sports are becoming increasingly fearful of one.
Two former Maryland Terrapin soccer players, Omar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi, are headed to the World Cup in Brazil this month. A fellow Terrapin will join them as a form of entertainment, although she will not be on the pitch.
STREB, a dance troupe renowned for their extraordinary displays of daredevilry in unexpected places, brought their wizardry to the University of Nebraska. But they didn’t just come to perform. They came to engage students in a hands-on creation experience. The group from UNL included more than dancers; it included architectural students who helped design amazing staging for the Lied Center. The computer/engineering students designed flying robots that performed during the dance.
The American workspace epitomizes hard work.
Reverend Tracey (Truhlar) Bianchi graduated from Iowa (1995) with a BA in History and Political Science. She serves on pastoral staff at Christ Church of Oak Brook (a Chicago area congregation of 3000+). She’s the author of several books and numerous articles. You can find her at traceybianchi.com
One in four girls will be the victim of a crime of violence before she graduates high school, according to the Center for Disease Control. For girls in the worst neighborhoods of Chicago, they make up a disproportionately high part of that terrible statistic.