first_imgWith years of experience, operators have become adept at getting customers onto their sites.  Product & technology Turner, meanwhile, noted that working with operators to build the product, speed was one of the most important things operators looked for.  “I always liken it to having a game of golf. If you have a really good game, you’re going to come back. If you have a really bad game, you’re not just going to snap your clubs in half and give up, but you’re going to need something to come back to.”  “You can imagine if we’re running certain promotions or odds boosts, we might want to enhance that experience by delivering certain content to those users,” he says.  EquusForm’s Bet Finder tool, created by Jim Fitzmaurice and Michael Turner, shows a different side of personalisation for bet stimulation. Unlike tools which personalise themselves to a customer, it is designed to allow customers to personalise tips for themselves: showing a list of horses based on user-selected criteria such as form and odds. Viewers can then see the performance of horses in past races that meet this criteria.  Email Address As operators seek new ways to engage customers and drive more betting activity, a combination of personalisation and data can play a key role, by creating new content that keeps customers on site and helps inform bettors. Daniel O’Boyle speaks to some of the rising businesses looking to leverage these tools to stimulate betting. Looking at historical data and live events, the product tracks trends and patterns to help inform punters’ bets.   “Everyone was after speed. Everyone wanted to know how fast you can go in and place a bet.”   “In football, there’s a lot of different ways to bet and there’s lots of widgets, but in horse racing, nobody’s really done it.”  This data is then personalised, offering players insights specifically related to the bets they have placed in the past.  Similarly, Turner says that this has become more important than ever given the effects of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  His business’ BetBooster product is one in a wave of new attempts to increase engagement through personalised content.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “There’s just three lines of code to include everything, including the language component.”   “We can do that by enriching the customer experience through content and through experiences.   Streaming, by offering bettors the opportunity to watch while they bet, has been a clear way to increase engagement.  Freedom to choose  “It analyses the footage of the broadcast, the reactions of the crowd and commentators and the statistics of the plays, and delivers relevant highlights.  “After one or two months, we’re going to have a lot of data,” he says. “It is of course collected anonymously – but we know that the anonymous player likes to bet on Asian handicap markets on the Premier League, so we can offer tips and insights about those games. Or you can offer tips for similar markets and maybe try to expand the way in which the player bets.”   New ways to personalise  Adam Kaplan, general manager of FanDuel, says that the deal represented a greater shift in general towards making the operator more of a home of sports content than ever before, stimulating betting activity by keeping customers around not only to bet but also to stay on top of sporting events.  While tools to increase engagement have been popular in other sports, Turner adds that horse racing – despite being such a key sport for betting – had previously been left behind in this area.  For Aviv Arnon, co-founder and vice president of business development at WSC sports, sports betting represents an opportunity to leverage assets that it already created. His business had been delivering sports content for media companies for more than a decade before venturing into the world of betting in an agreement with FanDuel, initially covering PGA Tour golf.  “That’s already an opportunity where we could and will expand,” he says. “Our existing clients are all the major sports leagues in the world and they’re all thinking about ways to work with betting operators.”  Ziv says that ultimately, allowing the player to be more involved in the betting process provides a huge number of opportunities for operators.  “We probably understand the punter even more than the bookmaker, so we’re building our products around the people who really matter,” he adds.  “ We traditionally worked with media, with clubs with broadcasters, but now there’s an increasing convergence with other areas because of how consumption is changing.  Getting personal with sports bettors Rather than delivering betting tips, WSC creates personalised highlights for players.  “We made it twofold really,” Turner says. “We put the genie function on the top, so you can press one of three buttons and the genie will make selections for you. That can be maybe for someone who’s just starting to get into horse racing.  “Content is an area where we’re investing very heavy and the opportunity to leverage WSC’s capabilities with great content was an opportunity worth pursuing and focusing on,” he says. “I think there’s a clear path to growing our addressable audience and reach in a way that can drive our gaming businesses. center_img But as key channels may get shut off thanks to tighter regulation, increased competition and – in the US – a need to shift from investment to profitability, these operators need to find ways to maximise the value of those customers, and that means finding ways to retain them and encourage them to bet.   Similarly, Ziv said he was surprised to find that an increase in the speed at which players place bets turned out to be one of the key benefits of BetBooster in A/B testing, alongside growth in turnover, betting volume and average size per bet.  “This is just one step towards that, but WSC is definitely going to be a big part of that strategy.”  “There’s a unique synergy with what we do and what betting operators want to achieve.”  “What we tried to do with the BetFinder is to make it really simple,” he says. “So if any customer was new to horse racing they can just open the BetFinder, click a few buttons and then it’ll give them a few horses that they can add to betslip and place the bet.  “The punter can choose their own criteria. They can have as much or as little criteria as they like and either way it can give horses in all the day’s racing within seconds.”  As these tools become more popular, they have become available for a wider range of markets, including for sports and verticals that may have been neglected when it comes to technological developments.  “We’re trying to create an experience that complements what FanDuel is doing and the ability to deliver the right video at the right time to the right person to incentivise them to come back involves different challenges.”  “But then we’ve also made something for the more astute punter. We come from a more form-reading background, but traipsing through newspapers, spending hours looking at form takes too long. The BetFinder cuts that down to second.   Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter “It’s a little different,” Arnon says. “There’s a lot of the core of what we did for media in this, but there’s new ways to think of it when it comes to building a customer experience.   “When we started with the product we offered it as an API solution, but it was rejected by many potential customers who said they didn’t have the resources, other regular excuses that customers like to use,” he says. “But then we made a shift to make it a widget, or maybe even more of a web component.   A hub for content  While showing content based on past betting activity is the most obvious form of personalisation, both Ziv and Kaplan point out that there are other ways to personalise content too.  While this foray into betting only covers one sport for now, Arnon says you need only to speak to those involved with other sports and competitions to see that the appetite exists to broaden the scope.  For Arnon, the move to the world of betting has had differences with anything his business had done before.  “We have different levels of personalisation. So if we don’t know much about a player’s betting but we know their city or country or language, we can offer betting based on popular teams or sports in that region.”  “We know how to collect data on logged in players and we know how to collect data based on cookies,” Ziv says.  Overcoming challenges  “I think racing has been neglected for a lot of years,” he says. “The online sites have been jumping on the latest bandwagon. Horse racing is, believe it or not, on the rise, but bookies haven’t been putting out new products that engage these customers.  Tags: FanDuel Equus LVision WSC Sports Topics: Sports betting Online sports betting Product & technology Sportsbook “BetBooster definitely allows that engagement operators are looking for because it offers a new level of betting,” Ziv says. “It involves mobile notifications. It creates a lot of new engagement opportunities for operators and for the punter it makes the customer feel more involved and more educated.  Kaplan says that this type of customisation available in WSC’s product, meanwhile, can be used in conjunction with marketing activities.  “Having an online presence is important, but having a way to interact with customers has never been more important given everything that’s happened with betting shops,” he says. “That community aspect from betting shops is something punters will be looking to find something close to online.  “All operators, at the end of the day, want things that will increase turnover,” Ziv says. “But assuming that everyone is offering similar markets, that they have similar general offerings, it becomes about engagement.”  LVision, meanwhile, found much of the challenge concerned integration. The supplier therefore worked to create a version of its product that could be implemented easily.  1st April 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle Those highlights are then personalised based on betting activity, so players who bet on an individual golfer are likely to see highlights related to their performance.  To Yoav Ziv, vice president for sales and business development at LVision, engaging customers is the most natural way for operators to differentiate themselves.  “We work with whoever owns sports media rights, and we have a cloud platform that basically analyses every moment of a game and the context of the moments involved,” Arnon says. “So what was the moment, what just happened, who did it, how important was that moment.  last_img read more

first_img Try time: The impressive Charlie Sharples crosses the whitewash for England against Fiji at TwickenhamBy Owain Jones, Rugby World EditorIn a nutshellEngland performed a satisfactory, if perfunctory job on an underprepared and underpowered Fiji side. The hosts got off to a sluggish start, failing to find the necessary momentum to hurt the Fijians, but after the break, England improved, and started to go through the phases to exploit gaps in the Fijian’s defence. This led to a braces from both Charlie Sharples and Manu Tuilagi, while Tom Johnson scored a debut try and Ugo Monye crossed the whitewash from a short distance. England finished convincingly, well aware tougher battles would lie ahead.Key momentDanny Care out of the sin bin and restored to the backline started a neat move from the base of the ruck, and slick English hands from Toby Flood, Manu Tuilagi and Alex Goode saw England make headway on the right. Charlie Sharples was fed the ball far out on the touchline. He looked up, showed quick feet and danced inside three Fijian defenders to wriggle and squirm his way over the tryline. It was a moment of individual brilliance that break the visitors resolve and gave England that all-important daylight.Star man: Charlie SharplesIt was seen as a straight shoot-out between Charlie Sharples and Ugo Monye for a wing berth once finisher-in-chief Chris Ashton came back into the side, after a one-match suspension. Both players scored but it was Sharples who retained his spot. The Gloucester Wing, showcased particularly with his first try, his inventiveness and mental attitude to ‘give it a go’ to score. His second try was easier, with a neat step from a short distance but showed his predatory instincts. Sharples took his opportunity and it paid off. Honourable mentions must go to the classy Alex Goode and assured Tom Youngs, who made his England debut.Assured display: Goode was excellentRoom for improvement:The Fijians were patently under-prepared and underpowered to take on a well-drilled England side. That was no surprise, yet Stuart Lancaster will be concerned by England’s sluggish start where they looked rusty and failing to gain momentum. If we’re being harsh, Thomas Waldrom didn’t look to answer to England’s No 8 berth and Danny Care, in an otherwise snappy performance, will be frustrated to have been sin-binned, albeit harshly for a borderline tip-tackle. Against more clinical opposition, England will be punished.  They also butchered try scoring opportunities, which will need to improve against the SANZAR triumvirate.In quotes – winnersEngland coach, Stuart Lancaster: “We were delighted to get the win, we struggled to get foothold early on but the scrum was good and I was particularly delighted for Tom Youngs on his debut. Even though we didn’t convert every opportunity we showed some good shape and intent in attack but we realize we’ll need to step up a few levels next week.In quotes – losersFiji coach, Inoke Male: “The Fijian players are more dangerous when they have the ball in hand. We didn’t have that today and I think that’s why we lost the game.”Top stats:England ran 603 metres with the ball compared to 262 metres from Fiji LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS during the QBE international match between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on November 10, 2012 in London, England. TAGS: Fiji center_img Fiji made 105 tackles, missing 19, a conversion rate of 84.7% while England made 74 and missed 11 with an 87.1% conversion rateManu Tuilagi was England’s top ball carrier with 96 metresChris Robshaw was the only England player to get into double-figures with 12 tacklesClean possession: England functioned wellMatch highlights: http://bbc.in/Z5lzyBEngland: Alex Goode, Charlie Sharples, Manu Tuilagi, Brad Barritt, Ugo Monye (Mike Brown, 59), Toby Flood (Owen Farrrell, 59), Danny Care (Ben Youngs, 58); Joe Marler (Mako Vunipola, 46), Tom Youngs (David Paice 65), Dan Cole (Dave Wilson, 58), Geoff Parling, Tom Palmer (Joe Launchbury, 50), Tom Johnson (Tom Wood, 59), Chris Robshaw (c), Thomas WaldronTries: Manu Tuilagi (2), Charlie Sharples (2), Tom Johnson, Ugo Monye, Penalty TryPens: Flood (3). Cons:  Flood (4), FarrellSin Bin: Care (10)Fiji: Simeli Koniferedi (Josh Matavesi, 40), Samu Wara (Ravai Fatiaki, 67), Vereniki Goneva, Sireli Naqelevuki, Watisoni Votu, Metuisela Talebula, Nicola Matawalu; Ratu Makutu, Viliame Veikoso (Seremaia Naureure, 47) Deacon Manu (c (Manasa Saulo 67), Leone Nakawara, Apisolame Ratuniyarawa (Sekonaia Kalou 73), Api Naikatani (Iliesa Ratuva 52), Malaki Ravulo, Akapusi Qera.Replacements (not used):  Setafano Samoca, Kelemedi BolaTries: Matawalu, Kalou QaraniqioCons: Matavesi Sin Bin: Manu (29)Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)last_img read more

first_img“We hope that this report will provide significant food for thought about how best to use the “thank you” in fundraising communications and at the very least prompt more testing across the sector. Nonprofits and their communications agencies routinely test campaigns or solicitations, but few test what is arguably the most important communication of all, the thank you.”The report can be downloaded from The Philanthropy Centre’s site.  337 total views,  1 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Study reveals vital role of the donor Thank You More thought needs to be given to the purpose of a thank you communication and what is said to different groups of donors, according to a study by The Philanthropy Centre and a team of philanthropic psychologists at Plymouth University.The study, released today (5 November) shows that whether donors should be thanked for their gift, the difference their gift has made, or the kind of person they are depends on how established the giving relationship is. Early in the relationship, The Philanthropy Centre’s study shows that the focus should be on sharing with the donor the difference their gift has made. When a donor has made an above average number of gifts, a more nuanced approach can be adopted, thanking the donor for being the special kind of person that they are and talking about how much the donor means to the charity. Getting this right increases the wellbeing that the individual experiences and their subsequent giving, the study says.The study also found that a thank you can be used strategically in a communications cycle to boost a donor’s personal sense of wellbeing, with a thank you in advance of a campaign (for past giving) able to significantly increase both this and the value of giving during the campaign by 60% without reducing the response rate.The two-year study, authored by Professor Jen Shang, Professor Adrian Sargeant, Kathryn Carpenter and Harriet Day, includes interviews with leading fundraising practitioners, a review of psychological literature on thanking and gratitude, and a series of six experiments with four non-profit partners on their fundraising and acknowledgement communications. The experiments showed that even subtle changes to communications have the ability to influence how good donors feel as a result of reading that communication. Based on the experiments, The Philanthropy Centre advises the following:After supporters take an initial action for an organisation, sending a prompt, short, but interactive email where people can affirm the contribution the action has made to their wellbeing.After people make their first donation and before they have given as often as the average of the database, sending out communications to primarily thank people for the differences their donations have made.After people give more often than the average number of times of supporters on the database, sending out a letter to primarily thank donors for the long-term relationship that they have with key stakeholders or personalities, or for being who they are.These practices, the study evidenced, have the potential to increase average donation amount and response rate, as well as how competent donors feel in making a difference, how well they feel their donations allow them to express their beliefs and how connected they feel they are to the cause they support and to others that they care about.The second suite of tests explored the nature of the feedback that should be provided in a thank you letter.These showed that: When the individual story is mildly emotional, thank you communications are most effective in generating behavioural benefits and make donors feel better when they thank without mentioning wider benefits.When the individual story is highly emotional, additional information on vastness can serve to enhance donor wellbeing. So, for example, donors can also be thanked for the difference they will make over an extended period of time.When highly emotional individual stories cannot be used in fundraising communications, the vastness of the organisation’s mission accomplishment can still translate to additional wellbeing if it can be linked to donor connection with the organisation and their passion for the cause.Professor Shang said: Advertisement Melanie May | 5 November 2018 | Newscenter_img  338 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis161 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis161 Tagged with: philanthropy research thank youlast_img read more

first_img + posts Bookstore hosts release party for student-authored cookbook printWaving their controversial battle flag, the Sons of Confederate Veterans make their presence clear. Standing outside the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, which as of two years ago, they are no longer welcome inside of.For more than 100 years, The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has not only drawn in fair-goers, but it has also frequently attracted the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) and their display of Confederate memorabilia.However, in 2016, the stock show banned the battle flag, also known as the “Southern Cross,” from any official activities, including the parade.  Instead, at this year’s parade, members walked along the route handing out mini confederate flags to parade attendees.#fwssr @startelegram pic.twitter.com/6321CjgYYT— Thomas Portier (@tomas_portier) January 13, 2018Coined by the SCV, the slogan “heritage, not hate” contrasts the flag’s complicated history.Mike Webb, a Sons of Confederate Veterans officer, stands before an oversized Mississippi state flag and speaks about the importance of keeping the Confederate battle emblem on the flag at a 2016 rally. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)According to SCV’s website, “The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South’s decision to fight the Second American Revolution… Today, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is preserving the history and legacy of these heroes, so future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause.” ReddIt Mr. and Ms. TCU nominations open ReddIt Kate Redfieldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kate-redfield/ Kate Redfield Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Kate Redfieldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kate-redfield/ Twitter Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Previous articleStudy Abroad Fair offers students chance to learn about other cultures, study abroad programsNext articleLongtime ties brought Jeremiah Donati to TCU Kate Redfield RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Frogs for Wellness looking to expand peer education program Kate Redfieldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kate-redfield/ Kate Redfieldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kate-redfield/ Mike Webb, a Sons of Confederate Veterans officer, stands before an oversized Mississippi state flag and speaks about the importance of keeping the Confederate battle emblem on the flag, at a rally with other pro flag groups at the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) Facebook Kate Redfield is a journalism major with minors in design studies and comparative race and ethnic studies. A California native, Kate enjoys spending time outdoors, “gifting” her opinion, writing, and eating good food. To students, though, the meaning of the flag that they are most familiar with is racially charged and centered around white supremacy.“I am always a bit shocked when I see them waving their flags on the street come January and February,” senior Jack Prutting said. When asked if he saw the flag as a symbol of racism or a symbol of history: “Racism, for sure”.Having observed the display while stopped at a red light, first-year student Natalie Zimits said she felt uncomfortable.“It was extremely awkward sitting in the car watching people of different races walk across the street with their children towards the flags and signs,” Zimits said. “I can only imagine how they felt.” Linkedin Record 20,000 first-year applicants for fall 2018 World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Three months after gunfire shattered a neighborhood block party, killing one person and injuring 11 in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, N.Y., police say they have a suspect in custody.Brooklyn resident Kyle Williams, 20, has been charged with murder, attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment in connection with the shooting, which took place during the neighborhood’s annual Old Timers Day event at Brownsville Playground on July 27.Williams, who had no prior criminal history, was taken into custody on Wednesday following a wave of tips, authorities said.“This was an important case to make,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Thursday morning. “You think about what happened that night — there’s a crowd of hundreds of people [at a] “family event.”“It was important that we all work together to make sure we were able to identify who the shooter was and bring them to justice,” O’Neill said.The incident, which police at the time said may have been gang related, left the neighborhood badly shaken. The shots may have been an exchange of gunfire between two or more suspects, authorities said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Utah junior receiver Bryan Thompson has entered the transfer portal per news released Tuesday.In his Utes career, Thompson has amassed 33 grabs for 756 yards and four scores and has five net touchdowns.The 6-2 207-pound Thompson has averaged 22.5  yards per grab for the Utes during his collegiate career.2017 4-star WR Bryan Thompson has entered the transfer portal after totaling 33 rec for 756 yards and 4 TD at Utah @rivalsmike @RivalsWoody @AMarkhamRivals https://t.co/eqpAVSEgWa— NCAA Transfer Portal (@RivalsPortal) February 2, 2021 Brad James Written bycenter_img February 2, 2021 /Sports News – Local Utah Receiver Bryan Thompson Enters Transfer Portallast_img read more

first_imgLICENSURE and/or CERTIFICATION ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESPrepares lab environmentOrganizes and maintains equipment; proposes equipment orders asneededTeaches lab component of courseMonitors student progress; gives feedback; facilitates studentparticipation in learning activitiesAssesses student performance on practical, oral, writtenexaminationsSupervises lab assistants (when available)Reports student grades at end of term to lead instructorCommunicates with lead instructor to ensure consistent contentand testing and to recommend changes for upcoming semesterServes as student-to-university liaisonUpholds student and part-time faculty handbook policiesPromotes professionalism by modeling such behaviors inside andoutside the classroom settingSelf-evaluates teaching performance; sets goals forimprovement Licensed occupational therapist from an accredited universitywith demonstrated expertise in the area being taughtCurrent certification with state board of chosenspecialization The mission of The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciencesis the development of professional health care practitionersthrough innovation, individualized, and quality classroom,clinical, and distance education. GENERAL SUMMARYLab Instructors have various responsibilities such asorganizing/maintaining equipment, preparing the lab environment,monitoring student progress and facilitating student participationin learning activities. The lab instructor communicates with thelead instructor regarding student performance or issues that ariseand ensures the delivery of consistent content and testing. Theymay assist with grading practicals and other requiredassignments.The qualified candidate must have an entry-level Masters ofOccupational Therapy Degree or higher along with currentcertification with state board of chosen specialization. At least 2years of practical hands-on experience is required in a patientcare setting in the profession. The successful candidate will haveexcellent oral communication and organizational skills, beresponsive to adult student needs, and be able to workcollaboratively in a team environment.This is a part-time 15-20 hours per week as scheduled position. Excellent organization and time management skillsExcellent oral communication skillsProfessional role modelAble to provide a nurturing, respectful learningenvironmentResponsive to distance education, adult student needsWorking knowledge of educational theory and motor skilldevelopmentAble to work in a team environmentcenter_img At least 2 years of practical hands-on experience in patientcare setting in chosen specialization TECHNICAL, MANAGERIAL & PEOPLE SKILLS REQUIREDTo perform this job successfully an individual must be able toperform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listedbelow are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilityrequired. Incumbents will be evaluated, in part, based onperformance of each essential function. Reasonable accommodationsmay be made to enable individuals with disabilities to performessential functions.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCEEntry-level Masters of Occupational Therapy Degree orhigher The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is an equalopportunity at will employer and does not discriminate against anyemployee or applicant for employment because of age, race,religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation or nationalorigin.last_img read more

first_imgUniversity of Southern Indiana Theatre students recently brought home an impressive list of accolades from the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) held this year in Indianapolis. KCACTF is a national theater program that hosts around 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide, allowing theater departments and students an opportunity to showcase their work and receive outside assessments and critiques from respondents and theater professionals.Approximately 40 USI students, professors and staff members traveled to the festival which included a closing production of the USI Theatre production of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play in Clowes Hall located on the campus of Butler University. This was the fourth USI Theatre production to present at the KCACTF, and the first to close the festival.“The festival provided our students opportunities to demonstrate their skills in acting and design, as well as working as a team to assemble, perform and repack our production of Mr. Burns in one day,” said Paul Weimer, USI assistant professor of performing arts. “They also took advantage of the many workshops available to extend their knowledge and meet students from other colleges who share their passion for theatre.”The Regional Design Competition allows students to showcase work in their given fields of theatrical design, fields which include lighting, costumes, scenery, and sound. USI senior Austin Tenbarge won the Outstanding Lighting Design Award for his unrealized design of Slaughter City. Nicholas Smith, a senior, won Honorable Mention for his Lighting Design for Oedipus Rex.The National Awards for Theatrical Design Excellence focuses on realized designs that have been produced on stage. Four USI students advanced to the final rounds: Rachel Thomas, a senior, for lighting design on The Glass Menagerie(She won the national competition in lighting in 2015 and 2016); Fred Kelley, a junior, honorable mention for sound design on Mr. Burns; John Merritt, a junior, for costume design on The Glass Menagerie; and Rachel Clark, a junior, who won the Theatrical Design Excellence award for her costume design for In the Red and Brown Water. She will be invited to present her work in April at the national competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.“This was my first time submitting a design to the KCACTF Festival. In fact, this was my first ever realized costume design,” said Clark. “You can imagine my surprise to come home as the recipient of the Theatrical Design Excellence Award. It’s truly an honor and the support I’ve received from the entire program has been absolutely amazing. I’ll proudly represent USI’s Theatre Program this April at nationals!”Kelley added, “I was surprised to hear that I won an award my first time attending KCACTF. I’m thankful for the professors in the USI Theatre Department who helped me prepare for KCACTF, and for all the support they gave me from the early stages of designing the show, all the way through to giving my presentation at KCACTF.”This is the third year in a row that USI design students have won national awards and advanced to represent the University at the finals in Washington D.C. During the festival, USI senior Nicholas Smith also co-presented a workshop, “Pixel Mapping Panel Design and Fabrication,” which was funded through a USI Endeavor grant.Craig Bellwood, a 2016 alumnus, was the winner of the Region III round in the Musical Theatre Intensive Competition and will advance to the final round at the national competition in Washington, D.C. where he will compete against the winners of the other seven regions.USI Theatre students also competed in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition, which provides recognition, honor and financial assistance to outstanding performers seeking to pursue further education in the arts. Participation in the event is limited to only those students who have been nominated to compete by regional responders. Aimee Bonnet, a 2016 USI alumna, and Jordyn Terrell, a sophomore, advanced to the semifinal round.USI student and faculty participation in the festival is made possible, in part, through the support of the USI Foundation.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) Notre Dame has found a new home for this college football season.The Atlantic Coast Conference released a plan for its schools to play ten conference games in 2020, and have included the Fighting Irish in the schedule.Notre Dame will have five ACC games at home, including against Clemson, Duke and Louisville.The Irish are usually not affiliated with a conference when it comes to football, but because numerous conferences have announced plans to only play conference games in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, it meant some opponents had to cancel their games against Notre Dame. Notre Dame finds a home with the ACC for football this season By Network Indiana – July 30, 2020 1 352 Google+ Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Previous articleIndiana GOP reaching out to minorities for supportNext articleI.U. Health says Indy 500 should happen without fans Network Indiana Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSports Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgPhish is like a carnival for adults, where the guy wearing a unicorn onesie is no less of a man than the one wearing the goldfish suit. It’s a no judgment zone, where the unspoken agreement is to understand one another on a ground level by accepting our similar passions and love for this band from Vermont. In a camping situation like The Gorge, fans are happily forced to live side-by-side for two, even three days, and make friends with strangers. With a full weekend spent together and bathing in the entertainment of “Lot Life,” you’re bound to overhear some of the best conversations and one-liners that could never be heard anywhere else.These Gorgeous Photos Capture The Majesty Of Phish At The Gorge [A Gallery]We started the “Funniest Things Overheard” series last summer at the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary shows, and continued the note-taking at Magnaball and Lockn’ last summer. In the spirit of “Summer Tour 2016,” we did our best to collect some of the best things we overheard at Phish’s three-day weekend at SPAC, and did the same for this weekend’s Gorge run.So, without further ado, we present to you the best things we heard at The Gorge this weekend. To give you the full story, we will be updating this article with comments provided by “PHISH TOUR 2014” and our Facebook’s comment section; because we’re all in this together, and we love to have a laugh!  “The first night was like really intense sex, the second night was the hug and cuddle we all needed afterwards.”“I’m not going to spend fucking Bloomingdale’s prices on fucking capes …”“We stopped at a rest stop and my buddy accidentally flushed the keys down the toilet. We got towed here.”“Dude, hippies love Didgeridoos because it’s the closest thing to giving a tree a blowjob.”“If we go a little further down shakedown there’s a Pokestop.”“Let’s go make some Gorge babies and name him George with a silent e”“Mom, does ‘bury the meatstick’ mean what I think it means?”“Thanks slow llama” (in the vein of Thanks Obama)“I’m so confused whether to bag and tag wooks or to catch Pokemon.”“My eyes look only look pretty in Chris Kuroda’s lights.”“If you got a beard that big you better be able to at least change a tire”“How am I supposed to move my body while when my mind is getting fucked this hard?!”“These are non- addictive cigarettes!” “You mean… Non additive?”“What’s the use of this stash? It’s to feel crosseyed and painless in no man’s land…”“Why don’t my parents understand the thrills we get watching a guy in a dress play music on a vacuum cleaner?”During vaccum solo, fan to usher: “He’s playing a vacuum right now”  / Usher: “a vacuum?” / Fan: “yeah, it’s sucking on his face to make that sound” / Usher: “hmm..”  / Fan: “yeah, it’s a 1962 Electrolux vintage vacuum. I forget the model number, but he’s really into vintage vacuum cleaners.” / Usher: :::says nothing::: / Fan: “Anyway, he always wears the dress at every show. Well, It’s really more of a muumuu. Not the same dress. I think this is the 4th or 5th one since the early 90’s. I’m Facebook friends with his former seamstress. He wore a Bernie Sanders one early this summer and..” / Usher: “Sir, can you return to your seats. You can’t stand here” / Fan: “it’s a 1956 Electrolux, not a 62!”“Cats rule everything around me.”“I didn’t lose anything…except my mind.”“Buy art, it lasts longer than nitrous.”“I’ll trade you this meat stick for some doses.”“He proposed and she said yes?” “Yeap, probably because he went to JRAD…”“The Gorge makes Red Rocks look like pebbles…” “No man, I think you’ve just lost your marbles…”“I AM his petting zoo!”Fan to friend: “Let’s do it. How much?” / Friend: “$350. I have like no money left.” / Fan: “I got it.” “yeah, I got it.” / Friend: “Dude, those are all 1’s & 5’s with like 3 $20’s mixed in.” / Fan: “Fuck, I thought I was ballin still” / Friend: “Yeah, always remember it’s always 1’s & 5’s on the last night of Phish run” / Fan: “My checking account is -$240 overdrawn right now too. I got my check book with me though.” / Friend: “I don’t think dudes with neck tattoos accept personal out of state checks.”“I feel like wooks are just children of really bad hippie parents from the 60’s.”From a first-timer: “So this is what you guys do? There is this in life? I just want to bring my whole family here so they can see all of this…. All of them, all of you…”“Don’t poop, or you’ll stop tripping.”“All I did was try to gank a tank off a golf cart and they fucking surrounded me like I was Saddam Hussein.”“Nobody goes to Jack in the Box. You WIND UP at Jack in the Box. Same goes for Denny’s. You don’t choose to go to Denny’s. You just wind up at Denny’s.” – Old guy on way out hearing I wanted to go to Jack in the Box after the show.Girl on phone: “How can you not see me! I’m next to the guy with pins on his hat!”“That was weird, but the grilled cheese wasn’t….that was decent”“What do all of these skulls with lightning bolts mean?” “Told him it was a Harry Potter reference.”“What do I do with my mustard hand?”“We’ve got more drugs than T-shirts!”“Maybe if I take this broom, keep sweeping, and only pretend to know the words ‘No, I clean…’ (in an accent) I could stay at the Gorge until Dead & Company next week.”“Let’s not go putting unnecessary limits on things…”Guy that eventually found out his leg was broken during set break of Night 1: “My friends were like ‘dude you need to go to the hospital’ and I’m like ‘what I need is the 2nd set’ but yeah my leg is broken”“I like the cut of your jib and the hang of your scroat.”Inaudible argument over music played way too loud at night: “Don’t be mad because we have better drugs than you!”“I don’t think I can ever attend another Phish show again, for as long as I live, without at least one bag of tortillas.” (There seemed to be a tortilla war on the lawn during the first set each night)Do you think they handed out tortillas at the door? Did we miss them?Friend one: (pours Jameson and orange juice into a cup) / Friend two: What is that? Are you making a mimosa?” / Friend one: “uh, this is Jameson. So it’s a jimosa.”Phish: “Lucy took a walk now Lucy’s dead” / Guy in sparkle hat: “She was asking for it…”“Culinary grade grilled cheese to go with your culinary grade nitrous.”“When will they turn that light off?!” / “Dude… it’s the moon.”“I wear my dreads on the inside.”“You gotta go to the men’s bathrooms at Phish shows… they have the best quotes…”last_img read more