Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fwd: Tonight! Philharmonic plays Ravel, Sibelius, and more

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Date: Sep 14, 2014 3:00 PM
Subject: Tonight! Philharmonic plays Ravel, Sibelius, and more
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Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic

Andrés Cárdenes, Artistic Director

Tonight, Andrés Cárdenes and the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic will open the 2014-15 season featuring Joshua Burca on Jean Sibelius's Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47. Also on the program will be Maurice Ravel's Alborada del gracioso, Veljo Tormis' Overture No. 2, and selections from Sergei Prokofiev's orchestral suites No. I & II from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64.

  • Preview Party - Come early (6:30 pm) and enjoy a variety of educationally interactive opportunities to enhance your concert experience
  • Tweet Seats - During the concert participate in an online discussion about the performance
  • Webcast - If you can't join us in person, join us online!
Andrés Cárdenes, conductor
Joshua Burca, violin
Sunday, September 14 at 7:30 pm
Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland

$5 General Admission. CMU & Pitt faculty, staff, and students get in free at the door with ID as well as K-12 students.
Carnegie Mellon School of Music
5000 Forbes Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fwd: To my friends and colleagues

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From: "Judith A. Rubin, PhD, ATR-BC" <>
Date: Sep 11, 2014 3:15 PM
Subject: To my friends and colleagues
To: "Mark Rauterkus" <>


September 11, 2014

Dear Friends & Colleagues, 

I'm writing now to let you know about an exciting educational event in NYC that will be held November 6-9, 2014. It's the 4-day Expressive Therapies Summit, now in its fifth year. Along with our teaching films, the Summit helps Expressive Media to achieve its mission of promoting the power of the arts in healing. For more information, please visit the Summit site at


This year we're offering over 140 presentations, including workshops and courses in all of the creative arts therapies as well as several related disciplines. They include: symposia on play and the arts in the treatment of traumatized children, expressive therapy approaches to work with persons affected by autism and learning disabilities, and ways of using the power of storytelling in therapy. In addition, there are training tracks on Archetypal approaches to the arts in therapy, the treatment of eating disorders, and art studio skills for therapists.

Even if you can't join us there, please let your friends and colleagues know about the Summit by posting one of our many special topic digital flyers on social media. 

We are also delighted to announce that DVDs of our latest film, "Lessons from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," will be available for purchase at this year's Summit. 

To see clips or order our other films, visit our site by clicking here.

Hope to see you in New York City!

Judy Rubin, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM
Co-founder, Expressive Media


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Tuesday, September 09, 2014


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From: "Hill District Consensus Group" <>
Date: Sep 9, 2014 11:50 AM
To: "Mark Rauterkus" <>



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dear Hill District Community & Stakeholders,

There is an urgency by the Democratic Party elected officials to make a deal now. Why? Because a federal transportation grant that will bring $21 million more subsidy to the Penguins is soon to be decided. It is a very competitive grant. The deal has not been shared with the community. Bottom line. The Penguins should follow the community plan or they should not be supported. Any deals must be included in the lower Hill District Zoning text.

In fact.

It's time to renegotiate the agreement between the Penguins and the Public (City and County) regarding the Lower Hill Parking Lots. The current no-bid deal locked out all competition for Lower Hill development because of the friendship between the owner(s) of the Penguins and the Governor.

The Penguins have refused to support the Hill District Community Plan and community benefits.

1. It is time to take back the gift of public land and parking revenue. Put the parking lots which are owned by the public (through the SEA and the URA) under public control. All parking revenue should be used for public purposes instead of providing more profit for the owners of the Penguins. The parking could be managed by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority or bids could be requested for an operator for all Lower Hill Parking lots. The Penguins Parking Company should be allowed to bid as well. This is a way to maximize public and community benefit from this public resource.

The Penguins have refused to support the Hill District Community Plan and community benefits.

2. It is also time to request open competitive bids for the development of the Lower Hill District. Many developers would be interested in the opportunity to develop the Lower Hill but they were not allowed to participate. There was no open process. Previous administrations made a back room deal in a Philadelphia hotel room to not only build the new arena for the Penguins but they also gave them parking revenue and development rights for the parking lots. This is another way to maximize public and community benefit from this public resource.



Carl Redwood, Jr.

Chair, Hill District Consensus Group




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Fwd: 18th year for PGH Scholastic Disc Golf Series tees off this Sat. 9/13

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Hi Disc Golfers,

The flyer (click that link to a PDF) has all the info about how you can win a disc golf package, including baskets, discs and a curriculum for your phys. ed teachers, in this year's disc golf series for kids.

The series starts at 1 pm this Saturday Sept. 13, 2014, with a putting and driving clinic followed by an afternoon round at Deer Lakes from the Red tees.  Register at the Blue Gill pavilion between holes 7/9.

Events 2-5 are at Phillips Park on 9/21, Schenley Park on 10/5, Two Mile Run Extension on 10/19 and the Finals at Knob Hill on Sat. Nov. 1.

Each $12 entry fee includes a golf disc.  Every series participant gets a disc golf shirt, and prizes are awarded each week and at the end of the series with an emphasis on "The Most Fun Wins"!

See you on the course!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Fwd: Students For Liberty Pittsburgh Regional Conference

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From: Samuel Teixeira <>
Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014
Subject: Students For Liberty Pittsburgh Regional Conference

Hello Mark! 

My name is Sam Teixeira.  I'm a fourth year at the University of Virginia and a campus coordinator with Students For Liberty. I noticed that you registered for last year's Pittsburgh Regional Conference.   

First, thank you for registering for our event and for participating in the liberty movement!  Because of your previous involvement, I want to personally invite you to this year's Pittsburgh Regional Conference!

As you probably know, registration is free and includes three meals and drinks at our evening social.  This year's conference will be held at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, November 15th from 9am to 8pm.  At the Pittsburgh Regional Conference, you'll hear from some of the best speakers in the liberty movement including Tom Palmer, T.K. Coleman, Joshua Hall, and many others!  You'll also be able to network with pro-liberty students and discover opportunities for jobs, internships, seminars, and conferences.  Most importantly, we hope you'll have a lot of fun! 

Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and be sure to check out the Facebook event!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please send me an email.  I hope to see you in Pittsburgh! 

Sincerely and For Liberty,

Sam Teixeira

Mid-Atlantic Campus Coordinator 
University of Virginia 


Mark Rauterkus
Swimming and Water Polo Coach, Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, PA
412 298 3432 = cell

Thursday, September 04, 2014

One of the top ten high school runners in the country, from NY, doing a 4:07 mile

Mike Brannigan is dreaming of the Olympics.

Kate Snow of NBC News, in Northport, New York.


Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Fwd: Dawn of a New Day at Baylor

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From: "Ken Starr" <>
Date: Sep 3, 2014 5:55 PM
Subject: Dawn of a New Day at Baylor
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Office of the President and Chancellor

September 3, 2014

Warm (very warm, in fact) September greetings from the beautiful Baylor campus on the banks of the Brazos.

We often lift up thanks for our campus situated on the river's edge, but the campus never shone so gloriously as it did last week when we grandly opened our stunning McLane Stadium. In vibrant images broadcast on national television to tens of millions of households across the globe, we flung "our green and gold afar." Viewers beheld firsthand the spectacular beauty not only of McLane Stadium, but of our campus and community as well.

Congratulations to Coach Art Briles and our magnificent Baylor Bears on a decisive victory in the inaugural game at McLane Stadium. Beyond the great triumph over traditional (Southwest Conference) rival SMU, both the opening game and the myriad events surrounding it launched a new golden era for Baylor University. We will, of course, be in prayer for our fabulous student-athletes, Bryce Petty and Antwan Goodley, as well as Clay Fuller, Cole Edmiston and Brandon Brown as our young warriors recover from recent injuries.

This is truly a new era for Baylor. By bringing Baylor football back to campus, we have strengthened the bonds of community here on the Brazos. In doing so, the University has created a magnificent "front door" through which we will welcome tens of thousands of alumni and friends. We eagerly look forward to the rest of what promises to be an outstanding season for our Big 12 champions and, in particular, to the annual Homecoming festivities (October 30 to November 1), when far-flung members of Baylor Nation will return to their beloved alma mater for the nation's oldest Homecoming celebration.

By virtue of generous philanthropy provided by so many alumni and friends, especially the lead gift by the Drayton McLane Jr. family, McLane Stadium stands as a shining example of Baylor's partnership with our warmly welcoming home city. Early on, the City of Waco generously provided a landmark $35 million gift for stadium construction. The $266 million facility, which stands as the largest project ever built in Waco (and indeed the entire Central Texas region), has already done much to power the dynamic growth along the Brazos River and throughout downtown Waco. I invite you to view a video which was created to thank and celebrate those whose significant generosity helped to bring game day football back to our campus.

Just prior to our McLane Stadium opening celebrations and well in time for the August 31 kickoff, we welcomed the largest incoming class in the University's 169-year history. More than 3,600 students have now begun the next phase of their life journey. These young men and women have come from every State in the nation (except Delaware) and from 47 nations around the world. We have warmly welcomed each and every one with open arms.

The growth of our student population this year follows years of steady enlargement of our student body. Combined with similarly strong incoming classes in recent years, this year's class of new students — one of the most academically prepared and diverse in our long history — has lifted Baylor to its seventh consecutive total enrollment record. We give thanks that demand for a transformational Baylor University education stands at an all-time high.

A Rich Heritage

As the state's oldest continually operating institution of higher education, Baylor has flourished in remarkable ways over its 169-year history while remaining true to its founding mission. Ours is a heritage rich with exemplary and ennobling leaders who provided inspirational foresight to this treasured institution. This year, we are observing the 150th anniversary of William Carey Crane's installation as Baylor's fourth president. We celebrate our steadfast dedication to the University's cornerstone values by honoring a man who, during his long tenure, selflessly embodied the essential character of Baylor.

In contrast to our 15,000-plus students today, when President Crane's service as Baylor's leader began in January 1864, the fledgling University had an enrollment of a mere 25 students. The Civil War had converted many current (and potential) students into enlisted soldiers; indeed, the University's buildings were actually occupied by Confederate troops. Many colleges in Texas closed during this period. President Crane was fiercely determined that Baylor would not be among the casualties.

A classically trained scholar, religious leader and tireless worker, President Crane relentlessly led efforts to pull Baylor back from the brink of financial disaster. In January 1869, Crane personally saved the struggling institution from possible oblivion by raising approximately $300, including $100 of his own resources, to repurchase the campus from a sheriff's auction.

Today, we celebrate President Crane's legacy, in part, through the William Carey Crane Scholars Program. This highly popular initiative supports gifted Baylor students interested in exploring connections between faith and reason. But the Crane legacy is much larger. It lives on in the hearts and minds of Baylor students, the ultimate beneficiaries of his profound service to the University. To put it mildly, much has changed since the mid-19th Century, but the eagerness both to learn and to serve continues to animate the lives of our 15,000 students. And the desire of all of those who, in turn, serve our students is that — as future alumni — they will be thoroughly prepared for faith-filled careers, vocations, ministry or post-graduate education.

Fostering a Sense of Community

In Hebrews 13:16, the Apostle Paul writes: "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God." At Baylor, we strive to live out the Pauline admonition on a daily basis through acts of kindness, generosity and service. I have no doubt that the knowledge of our culture of encouragement was instrumental in The Chronicle of Higher Education once again including Baylor in an elite group of "Great Colleges to Work For." Of the 42 national universities accorded this honor, Baylor is one of only two institutions in the large university category (10,000 or more students) to achieve recognition in 11 of the 12 categories identifying best practices and policies.

What makes this honor especially meaningful is this: the designation is based on input provided by our own faculty and staff. For that, we give heartfelt thanks. We celebrate with them the joy of the Kingdom work to which we have been called. We are deeply appreciative of the strength and character of Baylor's faculty and staff professionals who sacrificially devote their time and talent to carrying out Baylor's Christian mission.

Recognizing that our physical surroundings are vital to fostering a sense of community, we energetically seek out opportunities to enhance campus facilities, as well as our beautiful campus grounds. Time and again, those opportunities have been provided as a result of generous gifts from alumni and friends.

In that exemplary spirit of generosity, Baylor alumnus and physician Dr. Thomas J. Rosenbalm provided a major gift this summer to fund significant renovations to historic Fifth Street. Of particular note is a signature fountain to be named in memory of Dr. Rosenbalm's parents, the late Clarence and Claudia Rosenbalm. The redesign will include both aesthetic and infrastructure improvements to Fifth Street from the Bill Daniel Student Center down Fifth Street to the circular drive in front of McMullen-Connally Faculty Center. The fruits of this timeless gift will be enjoyed by the Baylor family for generations to come.

Widening the Circle

At its May meeting, Baylor's Board of Regents endorsed a final set of detailed goals to advance the high-level aspirations articulated in our strategic vision, Pro Futuris, over the next five years. Available online at, these goals represent the product of extensive input from across campus, as well as feedback from the Board of Regents. These goals will inform the way Baylor focuses its institutional resources and energies in the years to come.

A prominent theme running throughout these goals is increasing the accessibility of a Baylor education. I am pleased to report exciting progress in our "Baylor Bound" program, through which we are developing access-enhancing agreements with community colleges. We launched this program last fall in a landmark agreement with McLennan Community College here in Waco. We have now added both Tyler Junior College in beautiful East Texas and Blinn College in historic Brenham to that ever-expanding program. In addition to simplifying the process for students seeking to transfer to Baylor, this forward-looking initiative significantly helps potential Baylor students by paying lower tuition levels at a community college prior to transitioning, as juniors, to our University.

Baylor has long prided itself on keeping a Baylor education within the reach of those who aspire to obtain it, whether they hail from affluent metropolitan areas or from the "forks of the creek." We are a delightfully diverse Christian community, and the Baylor Bound program represents a powerful tool both to strengthen that diversity and to widen the circle of potential students.

Additionally, Baylor's Board of Regents has recently approved a revised Guaranteed Tuition Option (GTO), another major initiative within the context of our five-year goals. This option provides students (and, of course, their parents) the opportunity to lock in a four-year tuition rate, thus eliminating uncertainty about future costs.

These programs build on the great value and distinctive nature of a Baylor education, while aggressively addressing deepening nationwide concerns about student indebtedness and educational affordability.

Our students truly are the life of this University. We are striving, with fervent prayer, in both our daily work and in our long-term planning to create opportunities to care for our students effectively; to foster their spiritual growth; to generate endowment to support their education; to implement programs that will help them graduate in a timely manner; and to prepare them for their vocations in life and service.

Our Shared Promise

Every day as we walk across campus, we are reminded of the loving care and kind generosity that so many people have extended over the decades in support of this storied institution. Baylor's history looms before us in myriad ways, from the landmark buildings surrounding Burleson Quadrangle to the Georgian columns of Pat Neff Hall. And, present to the discerning eye is our future. The sense of a new beginning that dawns with every fall semester is physically visible across our beautiful, tree-lined campus, from the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation rising up next door to Allbritton House to McLane Stadium now majestically situated on the banks of the Brazos.

Of course, Baylor's future is filled with abundant promise primarily because of our more than 15,000 students. These future leaders will be the ones charged with carrying forward and deepening Baylor's legacy. They will say, as Scripture admonishes: "Here am I. Send me." As with our many blessings, we count our students one by one.

Thank you for your faithful, generous support of our students and, more generally, for Baylor University. With deep thankfulness for all you have done and, by God's grace, will do in the future, I remain

Yours sincerely,

Ken Starr

Ken Starr
President and Chancellor

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