Saint Mary’s Social Work Club hosts screening of Alive Inside

first_imgSaint Mary’s Social Work Club with sponsorship from the Student Government Association, will screen the film, Alive Inside, Thursday, March 5 from 7-9 p.m. in Vander Vennet Theater. The film documents the effect of music on the brains of those suffering from various forms of Dementia — primarily Alzheimers. The mission is to raise awareness and to strengthen support on campus for the Music and Memory program at Healthwin Specialized Care Facility. In conjunction with the Social Work Club, Saint Mary’s junior social work majors are also heavily involved in this program. According to junior and President of the Social Work Club Bri O’Brien, each junior social work student is paired with a resident and then the pairs work together to figure out the resident’s music preferences and needs.“Working with persons who suffer from varying forms of dementia has been challenging, but there is always something new to learn about our residents, ourselves, how to effectively and authentically communicate with our resident partners, and how to adapt to changing, complex circumstances,” O’Brien said. “I think for many students it was intimidating at first to meet with our residents. Growing old, falling ill and dying are all life events that many are fearful of — especially the young, much like ourselves.”O’Brien said the neurological effects of music are apparent in cognitive-behavioral changes of patients she has worked with in person.“Often times, when we enjoy listening to a song, we also attach certain feelings, memories and thoughts to that song,” O’Brien said. “When I played Mozart for my resident, she became much more communicative regarding her family and how she used to play the piano”Music’s utility in work with Alzheimer’s patients transcends the external self, O’Brien said.“Furthermore, the program is not designed to only trigger memory recollection, but to also improve the overall well-being of the residents and allow them to express themselves through music,” O’Brien said.Music helps spiritual health as well, junior social work major Ashley Watkins said.“My resident likes spiritual music, I’ve made a list of songs she likes and what she responds to,” Watkins said. “This program is important to me personally because I had a grandmother who had dementia and I really just wanted to learn more about the disease — spending time with them and making the end of their life the most memorable.”O’Brien said the screening of Alive Inside intends to inspire students to become passionate and conscious about the subject. The Social Work Club is holding a donation to help the Music and Memory program by collecting iTunes giftcards, used or new iPods, CDs and new headphones. Monetary donations are also being accepted. The goal of the donation is to allow for each resident to have their own personal iPod, stocked with their favorite memory and response stimulating songs.According to O’Brien, engagement in the Healthwin community has been a very rewarding experience to all who have worked with their resident for numerous reasons. O’Brien said part of her and her classmates fulfillment comes from working with a very diverse population which allows for an acquirement of new perspectives on life and knowledge of how to work with those different than oneself.“If we do not get out of our SMC bubble, how can we possibly learn about the diversity all around us? We see the world through the lens of our youth,” O’Brien said. “When we engage with the residents of Healthwin, we are privileged to listen to a perspective of the world unlike any we have every experienced ourselves.”Tags: newslast_img read more

Panetta Visits Latin American Partners

first_img “This is a way of making contact and dealing with the region (…) to handle the threat posed by transnational crime and, specifically, drug trafficking organizations,” said Steve Johnson, a former Pentagon official specializing in Latin America, according to news site VOA. After giving a speech in a Military academy in Rio de Janeiro, Secretary Panetta will travel to Chile, where he is expected to meet with Chilean Defense Minister Andrés Allamand and President Sebastián Piñera. The U.S. is interested in the Chilean Military’s response to natural disasters, a topic which will be on the agenda at the upcoming Defense Ministers of the Americas meeting slated for October in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, said AFP. By Dialogo April 24, 2012 Panetta then headed to Brazil on April 24 for similar meetings with his counterpart, Celso Amorim and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Among the topics of discussion is a pending large-scale contract to equip the Brazilian Air Force with 36 new jet fighters, for which U.S. firm Boeing is competing, reported AFP. For the first time since he assumed his position, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was on his way to South America on April 23, as part of a U.S. effort to build regional partnerships in the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism. Panetta’s agenda includes visits to Colombia, Brazil, and Chile. In Bogotá, the U.S. representative met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón to further discuss the bilateral agreement signed a week earlier by the South American country and President Barack Obama regarding Plan Colombia. last_img read more

Realtime visibility into their DevOps projects is

Realtime visibility into their DevOps projects is

first_imgReal-time visibility into their DevOps projects is a somewhat to extremely important goal for 84 percent of 200 North America respondents to a survey from SmartDraw Software, a provider of diagramming software.With DevOps projects growing more complex, and often involving multiple tool integrations, gaining visibility into those projects has become a challenge, even for organizations identified in the survey as being “top tier” performers. Those are defined by as doing better in performance, at achieving goals, and having real-time visibility into their DevOps projects.The survey found that 58 percent of top-tier respondents were achieving their goals of providing reports that pull from various data sources, contextualizing information to offer actionable insights (57 percent), producing real-time reports (55 percent), empowering upper-management with self-service reports (52 percent) and automatically monitoring DevOps projects and alerting when things go wrong (41 percent).Still, those top-tier performers still faced challenges in providing real-time visibility, citing the facts that visibility projects were taking skilled workers away from more important work; the information in the reports was difficult to read and understand; and — surprisingly, according to SmartDraw vice president of products Joshua Platt — the reports often were based on stale data. As an example, Platt explained that manual reporting usually done at the end of the week requires taking data from Jira Server or ServiceNow, building it into an Excel spreadsheet. Then, management doesn’t see it until Monday and bases decisions on that information, which — with the current speed of change — could already be out of date.“Fannie Mae wanted data reports but had to wait 14 to 18 hours for the report to run,” Platt said of a second example. “By that time, new data had already come in.”Based on the survey data, SmartDraw has come up with recommendations for successful DevOps visibility, including using low-code solutions for visualizing data produced by DevOps activities, so skilled workers are freed up for the more important work; creating self-service reporting so engineers aren’t required to deal with change requests; and present information such as release schedules or product roadmaps visually in a way that’s easy for all stakeholders to understand.SmartDraw currently works with the Atlassian ecosystem (Jira and Confluence) and is working on integrations with ServiceNow and Microsoft Teams.last_img read more