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Future of Diplomacy Project names fellows

first_imgThe Future of Diplomacy Project, the newest research initiative to be launched by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), has announced its resident and nonresident research fellows for fall 2010.“Our research fellows bring a blend of practical and academic expertise in diplomacy to the Harvard community, which is instrumental to the critical examination of international conflict resolution mechanisms today,” said R. Nicholas Burns, The Sultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations at HKS and director of the project.“Their research work and the seminars they will conduct with students and faculty at HKS will support our work on how diplomacy, negotiation, and statecraft can contribute to resolving some of today’s most intractable international problems.”Resident and nonresident fellows contribute to the work of the project through writing, research, and their participation in seminars that are open to students and members of the Harvard community.The resident fellows are Said Tayeb Jawad and Yvonne Yew; nonresident fellows are Marc Grossman, Kenneth I. Juster, and David L. Phillips.For complete bios of the fellows, visit the project’s website.last_img read more

Shafer speaks on academics regarding recruiting process at Signing Day press conference

first_img Published on February 4, 2015 at 5:19 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Scott Shafer asked his director of recruiting operations, Eric White, to compile the GPA of the 25 newly signed players on Wednesday morning. He came back with an average GPA of over 3.0, a number that Shafer proudly boasted.“We wanted to find kids of intelligence,” Shafer, the Syracuse head coach, said. “We really scrutinized the transcripts and the test scores.”But when the topic shifted to the players that weren’t there — those that had decommitted or left the class — academics was once again at the forefront during his National Signing Day press conference at the Iocolano-Petty Football Wing on Wednesday.Shafer was asked about the two players, Gerald Robinson and West Lindor, who decommitted from the class because they claimed that the coaches didn’t reach out to them or call them back for months at a time.Shafer became defensive with the question, saying he was there to talk about the committed players only, and that the media often doesn’t hear the coaches’ side of those stories.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Our side of the story will be we’ll try to recruit the kids that best fit and reach the standards and expectations that we put out there for them,” Shafer said. “And if those standards fall short, when bars are set, when kids are committed early to you, and say A, B and C need to be met by fall semester. And when A, B and C aren’t met you have to move in another direction.”When the reporter followed up asking for an example other than academics, Shafer didn’t give one.Lindor defended his academic standing in a series of text messages after the press conference.“I’m almost positive he’s known I’m a smart kid,” Lindor said in the text, noting his 3.9 GPA and 24 on his ACT. “I would assume that getting offers from an Ivy League school would make them understand.”Lindor signed his letter of intent on Wednesday to play for Brown University.When asked if there is an urge to take on kids that are in poor academic standing to further the benefit of the SU football product, Shafer said he never wants to lower the academic bar. He also noted that there are two or three players in the Class of 2015 that will have to work hard to make sure they’re qualified.In the instance of Alin Edouard, a Class of 2014 commit who delayed his enrollment a semester, the academics weren’t good enough for him to come to the school, Shafer said. Edouard’s currently enrolled at Garden City Community College in Kansas.“We’ll never lower the bar where we’re striking out too much,” Shafer said. “… I think any time you get past that number, then you’re in a situation where you’re vulnerable to letting your teammates down and your coaches down.” Commentslast_img read more

Salatha Willis, John Wildhack discuss associate AD position and fall sports

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 9, 2020 at 11:27 am Contact Alex: [email protected] | @alexhamer8center_img The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Salatha Willis discussed his role as Syracuse University’s first associate athletic director for diversity, culture and climate during a virtual press conference Thursday.SU announced Monday that Willis would take on the position. The role is one of several academic and administrative changes the university is implementing to “to better serve our communities,” Chancellor Kent Syverud said in a release.Willis previously served as an associate director in Syracuse’s Office of Student-Athlete Academic Development. He was selected for the role, in part, because of his extensive experience working with student-athletes, Director of Athletics John Wildhack said in a Zoom press conference. Willis and Wildhack during the press conference further discussed the position and plans going forward with fall sports. Here are three takeaways from the conference: AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCreation of Willis’ positionThe decision to create an associate athletic director for diversity, culture and climate was the result of conversations with SU head coaches, student-athletes, university leaders and alumni in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, Wildhack said. He stressed the need to “change and acknowledge the suppression of Black people.” “I came to the conclusion that to move us forward in this area, we needed someone who was committed and would lead our efforts on a full-time basis,” Wildhack said. “And Salatha’s uniquely qualified to do that.” Willis, who has a doctorate in educational leadership, is also a former athlete, having spent three seasons as a member of Western Michigan’s basketball team. His experience working with student-athletes, as well as working on the general student body experience at other Universities, also stood out, Wildhack said.“The outpouring of support I’ve received thus far, in the last two days since this announcement, is absolutely amazing,” Willis said. Willis’ new role Though Willis was hesitant to outline the specifics of his role, he said that Wildhack has given him the “full arsenal” of resources to make an impact. Willis will be a member of the athletics cabinet and the athletics senior staff. “Salatha, as he should, will have a seat at the table and he will be very influential as we move forward with this initiative,” Wildhack said. One of the first initiatives Willis implemented was the creation of a “student engagement” committee, which had its second meeting Wednesday night. The committee will continue to meet over the summer and into the fall to address social issues and develop “programmatic change and symbolic change,” Willis said.The goal is to create initiatives that will “be bred into everything we do in athletics,” he said. Part of the impact Willis hopes to make is within the athletics department itself, as he will be a member of hiring committees.Status of fall sports The Ivy League on Wednesday afternoon became the first conference to announce that fall sports will be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was “anticipated,” Wildhack said, and will “not necessarily” impact the Atlantic Coast Conference’s plans aside from those involving games scheduled with Ivy League schools. The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach, however, reported Thursday morning that the ACC is expected to cancel all fall sports competitions until Sept. 1.Wildhack, who is a member of the ACC football subcommittee that meets bi-weekly, said the goal remains to play a full football season. However, Wildhack stressed that multiple options remain on the table and the conference has and continues to create models that account for different scenarios in the fall, including an abbreviated or conference-only schedule. “There’s so much still unknown, still to be decided, that’s why there are so many different scenarios and the conference office is working diligently on those,” Wildhack said. “You’ve got to have multiple options.” last_img read more

Wimbledon 2019: Simona Halep no longer intimidated by Serena Williams

first_img Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams says knee issue wasn’t factor in Simona Halep defeat In doing so, Halep claimed her maiden title at the All England Club, while Williams was left to reflect on a third successive defeat in major finals.Halep, meanwhile, now has a second crown to add to the French Open she won in 2018, having lost all three of her grand slam finals before that Roland Garros triumph. Related News Simona Halep revealed how she shrugged aside her previous trepidation of facing Serena Williams as she hammered the 23-time grand slam champion in Saturday’s Wimbledon final.Prior to their meeting on Centre Court, Halep had won just one of 10 meetings with the American, at the WTA Finals in Singapore five years ago, but she was put aside her rival 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour on this occasion. Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams says she was a ‘deer in the headlights’ in loss to Halep Wimbledon 2019: Simona Halep calls victory over Serena Williams her best match “Well, I thought about the match, but I didn’t think at all against who I play,” Halep told a media conference.”I (have) always been intimidated a little bit when I faced Serena. She’s an inspiration for everyone and the model for everyone.”Today I decided before the match that I’m going to focus on myself and on the final of a grand slam, not on her. That’s why I was able to play my best, to be relaxed, and to be able to be positive and confident against her.When the dream becomes a reality… #Wimbledon | @Simona_Halep pic.twitter.com/MTTkwRdthE— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 2019″I decided this morning how I have to play against her. I knew exactly what I have to do to put her in trouble, not letting her make her game.”When she has time, she plays unbelievable. I played many times against her. I knew how the ball is coming. I knew what she doesn’t like that much.”Today I just went for it like in Singapore. I had that image in my head. I really believed there is the chance to do the same thing. I knew I have to stay there every ball. Otherwise, when she comes back, she’s very powerful. “It’s never easy to face a grand slam final. You can get intimidated by the moment. You can get nervous, too nervous.”I have learned that it’s a normal match, not thinking that much about the trophy, just going there and try to be the best as you can. So I did that.”I said that every time I would play a final of a grand slam, I will do exactly the same thing. So today I did it.”last_img read more