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Special Olympics bronze medalist Kevin Callaghan shares story, confronts labels

first_imgKevin Callaghan, a bronze medalist in the 5,000-meter race at the 2011 Special Olympics, spoke at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday evening regarding his experiences as an athlete. The event, sponsored by Multicultural Services, served as part of the College’s Disability Awareness Week.Saint Mary’s junior Maryselva Albarran Hernandez commented on the significance of the event, saying although there have been many projects promoting diversity and inclusion on campus, there were very few events surrounding disabilities.“We noticed that there were a lot of projects and events happening that were focused on diversity and inclusion in religion, race, ethnicity and LQBTQ issues, but there was nothing for increasing awareness on disabilities,” she said. “This is a big concern because we do have students with disabilities on our campus and it’s important for them to feel included.” Tags: 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, Disability Awareness Week, Kevin Callaghan, Special Olympics Natalie Weber | The Observer Special Olympian and bronze medalist Kevin Callaghan presents at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday in Vander Vennet Theatre. The event was a part of Saint Mary’s inaugural Diversity Awareness Week.Albarran Hernandez said Callaghan is committed to speaking up and helping others who suffer from intellectual disabilities, similar to those he and his brother face.“He wants to be a role model for those who may not have a voice and wants to be their voice,” she said. “He wants to be able to provide the tools for people to voice their concerns and he wants to motivate others to speak up and I love that about him.”Callaghan was diagnosed with a mild intellectual disability, which he said is nothing more than a label. He said that a disability doesn’t always mean disabled. Every person is gifted in their own way, he said, and trying to live life to its fullest with the talents that they have.“I do things like anyone else, just at a slower pace,” he said. “I can drive a car; I live in my own apartment; I am self-sufficient. It wasn’t easy though, I had to work a lot harder to achieve my goals.”Callaghan said he always enjoyed running and competing. Sports have helped him in many ways, he said, by allowing him to make connections, find his passion and make new friends. One of the biggest highlights of running was the opportunity to compete against other athletes who were just like him.“When I was 10 years old, my parents offered me to be a medical guinea pig and the doctors injected my legs with Botox,” he said. “It worked. The medicine caused my muscles to relax and I was able to walk normally. That may sound like a little thing, but when you have special needs, it’s really important to be as normal as you can be. I decided to try out for my high school’s cross-country team, and I had a great coach who didn’t care about what I couldn’t do — he only cared about what I could do. By the time I was a senior, I was the fastest guy on the team and was voted MVP by the end of the season.”Seven years ago, Callaghan, who wore his Olympic medal around his neck, competed in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece.“I ran on the same track as Usain Bolt, competed against some of the best Special Olympic athletes in the world and won a bronze medal,” he said.Kevin’s father Jim Callaghan said although it was difficult coming to terms with two of his kids suffering from intellectual disabilities, his greatest goal has always been to make sure his kids were happy. Both of Kevin’s parents became actively involved in the Special Olympics as coaches.“There was an adult special Olympics group, but they didn’t have a kids division,” Jim said. “So, we called the state and said we wanna start a Logan Center kids team. The first year it was only Kevin, the next year it was like, eight kids, and now the program has been running for 20 something years.”Jim said his son is a role model for a number of people and is referred to as ‘the mayor’ by some of his friends because he knows everyone in his town.“It’s not just about me but there are so many stories of people with disabilities,” Kevin said. “I love people and I also have many friends with autism, so I always try to think about how things would affect me if I was in another person’s shoes. If it was up to me, I wish there was a universal healthcare for everybody in the world.”last_img read more

GO-TIME: Partnership with State Archives, Ancestry.com Provides FREE Online Access to Valuable Records, Saves Taxpayer Dollars

first_img Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In response to growing interest in accessing genealogical records online, The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission partnered with Ancestry.com to digitize documents held in the Pennsylvania State Archives and make them available free of charge to  residents. Last year, 4.9 million unique users searched Pennsylvania documents on Ancestry.com.“The Archives has developed partnerships with other groups to create digital images, but nothing on the scale of what we’re currently doing with Ancestry.com,” according to Pennsylvania State Archivist David Carmicheal. “There at least 250 million documents that need to be scanned in order to be made available online. Because of this partnership, we are about 14 million documents closer to completing this goal.”In addition to birth and death records, other items available online include veterans’ burial cards, World War II bonus applications, Spanish-American War compensations, Civil War Border Claims, the Septennial Census, tax and exoneration lists, naturalizations, marriage records, court papers and several other important genealogical resources.In the last fiscal year this project saved nearly $50,000 in digitization costs.  An additional $100,000 in cost avoidance is expected this year. The Pennsylvania State Archives is projecting a savings of nearly $2 million through the life of the project with all costs being borne by Ancestry.com. In addition, Archives staff time has been freed up for other projects. The combination of cost savings and increased productivity helps the PHMC meet the administration’s GO-TIME challenge for state government to work smarter.GO-TIME works with state agencies to maximize efficiency, modernize operations and improve the delivery of services. These efforts saved more than $156 million in FY 15-16, exceeding the $150 million savings goal set by the Governor.To learn more about GO-TIME, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/.The Pennsylvania State Archives is an important resource for scholars, historians, genealogists and the public. The primary function of the Pennsylvania State Archives, part of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, is to acquire, preserve and make available for study the permanently valuable public records of the Commonwealth, with particular attention given to the records of state government. In fulfilling its general responsibility for the preservation of historic documents, the State Archives also collects private papers relevant to Pennsylvania history.The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Visit the commission online at www.phmc.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf GO-TIME: Partnership with State Archives, Ancestry.com Provides FREE Online Access to Valuable Records, Saves Taxpayer Dollars October 13, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

People moves: Janus Henderson reshapes institutional team post-merger

first_imgLegal & General Investment Management – Mark Johnson will join the fund management group in September as head of institutional client management. He moves from BlackRock following a 19-year career with the world’s largest asset manager. Most recently he was head of closed-end funds, and has also led the UK sales team for BlackRock’s exchange-traded fund arm iShares. Johnson replaces Chris DeMarco, who moved to Legal & General Retirement earlier this year to lead its pension risk transfer business.Actiam – The €55bn Dutch asset manager Actiam has appointed Arnold Gast as its new chief investment officer as of 1 June. Gast has been active in the investment sector for almost 20 years. Gast joins from Delta Lloyd Asset Management, where he had been tasked with setting up the investment office. He has also been head of credit and co-head of fixed income as well as a portfolio manager at Delta Lloyd.In addition, for the past four years, Gast was a board member of the European Private Placement Association as well as chairman of the Investor Advisory Board at the Delta Lloyd Mezzanine Fund. Prior to this, Gast worked at ABN Amro Asset Management. Actiam’s executive team now comprises Hans van Houwelingen (CEO), John Shen (chief risk officer), Arnold Gast (CIO) and Dudley Keiller (chief transformation officer).BNY Mellon Investment Management – The asset management giant has hired Chris Harmer as head of consultant relations, chiefly responsible for BNY Mellon’s interactions with consultants in the UK and Europe. He joins from Columbia Threadneedle Investments where he was consultant relations director for EMEA.Gresham House – The UK-based alternative investment manager has hired Michael Hart as head of distribution, a newly created role. He was previously global head of business development at Amundi Alternative Investments, and held a similar role for Aberdeen Asset Management’s alternatives business before that.Gresham House has stepped up its activity this year following a major investment in the firm by the Berkshire Pension Fund. It bought Hazel Capital, a “new energy” infrastructure manager, last month, and plans to launch a British Strategic Investment Fund later this year.State Street – The financial services group has named David Pagliaro head of State Street Global Exchange for EMEA. Global Exchange is the company’s data analytics and services business. He most recently worked for S&P Capital IQ for nine years, holding several roles including global head of S&P credit solutions. Pagliaro replaces James Lowry, who will return to the US in July to lead Global Exchange for North America, State Street said in a statement.The Investment Association – A former adviser to UK chancellor Philip Hammond has joined the Investment Association as a consultant. Graham Hook – who worked with Hammond in the UK’s departments for transport and defence, as well as the Foreign Office and latterly HM Treasury – is now the asset management trade body’s interim head of government affairs until September, according to his LinkedIn profile.Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Group – Japan’s largest asset management group has transferred two long-term senior staff to its London office in a bid to increase its distribution outside of Japan. Akimichi Oi has become director of the company’s Investment Management Department, while Kota Murakami is now director of global business development. Oi joined the firm in 2001, and was most recently head of global client relations, based in Tokyo. Murakami joined in 1990 and was most recently head of the investment management group in Hong Kong. Janus Henderson Investors, Legal & General Investment Management, Actiam, Delta Lloyd Asset Management, BNY Mellon Investment Management, Columbia Threadneedle, Gresham House, State Street, Investment AssociationJanus Henderson Investors – The newly merged asset management group has announced the new structure of its institutional team for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), bringing together existing distribution staff from both Janus and Henderson. Jennifer Ockwell has become head of UK institutional – she held a similar role at Henderson Global Investors prior to the merger with Janus, which completed last month. She is also a trustee of Henderson’s staff pension scheme.Sylvain Agar is now head of EMEA ex-UK institutional. He was previously head of financial institutions for Janus, covering the UK and Europe. Both Ockwell and Agar report to Nick Adams, head of EMEA institutional. Agar’s team will be hiring “in the coming months”, Janus Henderson Investors said in a statement.In addition, Mark Fulwood has been named head of UK business development – he was previously director of institutional business for Henderson – while Anil Shenoy is now head of UK institutional clients. He was previously also a director of institutional business at Henderson. Both report to Jennifer Ockwell. last_img read more