Friday, October 31, 2014

Fwd: Community Conversation with Acting Chief Of Pittsburgh Police McLay


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Monday, November 10, 2014
BETHEL A.M.E. CHURCH
2720 Webster Avenue at Morgan Street (15219) 412-683-2160
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Doors Open at 6pm
Moderator: Tene Croom
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Monday, November 17, 2014
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Fwd: Seeking 18 to 21 year olds having difficulty gaining permanent employment


Employment for 18 to 21 Year Olds
 
The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (BGC) is seeking 18-21 year olds who are having difficulty gaining permanent employment. Each youth will be paid by the BGC for 150 hours of work that leads to permanent employment at a quality worksite.

In addition to a paid work experience each youth will receive a customer service credential and career guidance. Those seeking to enter college or tech school will be provided with necessary support. 
 
If interested call 412-254-4007 and leave a message with your name, address, and phone number.
 
 
(8 slots left)

When a college team mails in a "F" -- they get the next year OFF too

California University of PA has a football team with five of its players in jail and in serious trouble due to some late night fight. All the players have been kicked out of school. The team is scratching its next game this weekend. Forfeit. Gannon wins. Cal U sees its home game vanish. And a guy is in critical condition after a life-flight to Allegheny General Hospital. Hope he doesn't die.

This is another football forfeit. Here is another brick in the wall that signals the long, slow departure of that game from society's landscape. Football is well past its peak and is headed to the toilet bowl in the years to come.

In water polo, after a team mails in a "F" -- the next year they are kicked out of the league. A team that forfeits gets the following year without the ability to play in the league.

This would be a great time for those at CalU to look into creating a number of different activities to take the place of football. How about an Ultimate Frisbee House League? What about Rugby 7s and Rugby Union teams? How about water polo? Perhaps they should do a better job at CalU with their Powerlifting matches and Bodybuilding too. And finally, most of all, time to hook up with the Boys to Men program and get those discussions established about accountability of actions, stopping violence, and intervention.

None know what the future holds for these guys and the overall program. But it is a good thing to take a break and think again. Let's establish a different set of norms and get everyone to play nice with others.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pink in the pool at PSU


This Friday, October 31, at 3 PM, Penn State Swimming & Diving hosts Villanova. We would like to invite the entire Pennsylvania swimming community to check out the Nittany Lions and kick off a big sports weekend at Penn State.

The first 200 fans in attendance this Friday will receive a pink Penn State Swim Cap. Be sure to get there early!

We hope to see you this Friday at 3 o’clock at the McCoy Natatorium on Penn State’s Campus! The McCoy Natatorium is located at the corner of Curtin and Bigler Road.

If you’re unable to attend this Friday, we hope to see you on November 7 and 8 when the Nittany Lions host Virginia and Michigan. The action starts on November 7 at 6 PM, and continues on November 8 at 11 AM.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Communication Disorders alumnae bring a little bit of UMass to the University of Pittsburgh | UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Communication Disorders alumnae bring a little bit of UMass to the University of Pittsburgh | UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Magazine article talks of the Pitt and UMass connection with Audiology & Speech.

Communication Disorders alumnae bring a little bit of UMass to the University of Pittsburgh | UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Communication Disorders alumnae bring a little bit of UMass to the University of Pittsburgh | UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Magazine article talks of the Pitt and UMass connection with Audiology & Speech.

Fwd: Morning announcement for Monday, swim team kicking off with pancakes


Announcement for Monday, Oct 20

Get ready for SWIMMING. Consider joining the Obama Varsity Swim Teams.

Tonight, Monday,  the swim team kicks off the pre season with a social gathering with a FUN pancake open swim. Anyone interested in joining the swim team is welcome to the Obama swim pool from 5 pm to 7 pm tonight, Monday, October 20. Meet some of the swimmers, coaches, and boosters and enjoy a casual swim and eat some of Mr. Boyce's Famous pancakes. 

Then on Tuesday and for the rest of the week, and for EVERY SCHOOL DAY following, come to the school at 6 am for our MORNING SWIM PRACTICE. The Pre-season practices begin tomorrow, on Tuesday, October 21. All high school students are welcome. Just show up. Be ready to start your school day refreshed, stimulated, and in a great frame of mind after the 70-minute workout in the pool. 

Joining the swim team or just coming to a few of our practices is one smartest things you can do for your health. The team is for both BOYS and GIRLS, grades 9-12, new and INEXPERIENCED swimmers are welcome. 


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Thanks. 

Mark Rauterkus
412-298-3432


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Mark Rauterkus       Mark.Rauterkus@gmail.com    
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team

http://Rauterkus.blogspot.com
http://FixPA.wikia.com
http://CLOH.wikia.com
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Mark Rauterkus       Mark.Rauterkus@gmail.com    
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team

http://Rauterkus.blogspot.com
http://FixPA.wikia.com
http://CLOH.wikia.com
412 298 3432 = cell

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pi-Tops, a laptop built with the Raspberry Pi on indiegogo

Great idea. Delivery in May, 2015.



Another video:
* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb6hVe1fRzI

Monday, October 13, 2014

Making Waves with Ian Smith of SurfSUP Adventures



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The Sprout Fund posted: "by Weenta Girmay The Hive-funded First Waves Project, a program from SurfSUP Adventures, takes youth out to surf the rivers of Pittsburgh while cleaning up their banks. With kayaks and paddleboards, teens take to the water for a mission that went beyond j"

New post on Hive Learning Network Pittsburgh

Making Waves with Ian Smith of SurfSUP Adventures

by The Sprout Fund

by Weenta Girmay

The Hive-funded First Waves Project, a program from SurfSUP Adventures, takes youth out to surf the rivers of Pittsburgh while cleaning up their banks. With kayaks and paddleboards, teens take to the water for a mission that went beyond just hanging ten. Sprout got a chance to talk to Ian Smith, the founder of SurfSUP Adventures and project manager of First Waves.

How long have you been the director of SurfSUP? What's the mission of the program?

SurfSUP Adventures is a company I started in 2011 and we are a standup paddleboarding outfitter. We teach on everything from really calm lakes and beginner stuff all the way up to whitewater paddling.

How do you surf a river wave?

There are features in whitewater scenarios where the water actually turns back on itself and it creates what looks like an ocean wave, but it stays in place and it's called a static wave or a standing wave. You surf it exactly the way you would an ocean wave, but you're facing upstream, so the river is passing beneath you. It's a really cool phenomenon that allows inland paddlers to experience surfing. It's one of the things that I wanted to share with people from Pittsburgh.

First Waves ProjectWhere did the idea for the First Waves program come from? Why did you want to work with youth specifically?

With SurfSUP adventures I had a lot of different types of clients and one project in my first year was particularly groundbreaking for me. The park service contracted me to do a program called "Adventure Camp." It was children who had been removed from their homes or were in foster care or having something going on that they were at this place. I had never worked with kids before at this point, I was kind of nervous, but I ended up absolutely loving it. The kids were just outrageously amazing. It really moved me to shift my direction and do more of those kinds of things. I knew I wanted to adapt it into my own vision and run my own program, which led to me speaking with Sprout.

Why did you choose Paddle Without Pollution as a collaborator?

When you do these river clean ups that Paddle Without Pollution does, they're these huge events and people from all over the communities come out and you just feel so good about it. There's a ridiculous amount of trash you can't even imagine around rivers. The first one I did was at the Point, so [the pollution] was extra bad. It's very moving. I wanted the kids to experience one thing that would be really fun to do in a watershed and then also shed some light on how they can help the community to clean up the waterways and share that message, which is why I think making a film is so powerful with this program.

Why was it important for you to document the experience through film?

You can clean up 2,000 pounds of trash off the riverbed but if you don't influence people to not throw that trash away in the beginning and to think about the choices they make as a consumer then there's really no gain.

I think whenever you can show people something really fun and get them in the river doing things that they love, that's the only way you can foster real stewardship that'll last longer than just picking up a piece of garbage. I think that starting at the ground level with kids at that age, between 14 and 18, giving them urban exposure to both sides of that is what I think is a really strong approach to conversation.

What was it like taking the youth out on the river? How did they take to the paddleboards and the kayaks?

We split them up into two teams and the first team hit the water and it was ridiculous. They were already surfing/standing and just going for it immediately, loving it, ear-to-ear grins. Pure "surf stoked" is how they would say it on the coast. They were excited for sure, they took to it fantastic.

First Waves ProjectBefore we did anything we did a workshop to learn how to use cameras and how to properly conduct interviews. They came up with questions for each other and right off the bat they got to know their peers because they were interviewing them and saying things like, "What do you expect to learn from this experience?" "Have you done anything like this before?" It was all peer shot and they learned how to do it right on the spot. And then we did a follow up filmmaking lesson at the cleanup as well. A lot of it had to be shot from a kayak so they definitely had some cool challenges to overcome, like making sure we didn't have any cameras go in the water. They learned to use POV (point-of-view) cameras and we had 10 Go Pro [cameras] at least, so those were ok to get wet and we got lots of action shots from the water and different views.

What was the weirdest thing they fished out?

I think if you ask the kids they were most excited about the shopping cart. We found actually a couple of those. I think that was the winner.

How much trash did the youth collect from the rivers?

If you go to firstwaves.org, there's a shot of the heaping pile. It was more than 1 ton.

Where do you plan to screen the finished film?

We'll be doing a premiere for it and we're definitely going to do some screenings. I'd love to submit it to some of the paddling festivals, things like the National Paddling Film Festival, there's traveling film screening competitions that I would love to enter, do local film screenings, Big Brothers/Big Sisters have events and it would be fun to show other bigs and littles, and obviously online.

Comcast cable is another partner and they shot a film of us shooting the film. They're going to be putting it on their On Demand service, so it'll definitely be distributed nationally through them.

What plans do you have for next year's program?

This year the goal was to engage 10 people and produce one film. Next year I might want to produce some articles or journalism or some photography and incorporate significantly more people and have the community more involved in the cleanup and in the event as a whole.

When I was little I would've loved to have something like that. I really wanted to pursue journalism as a career. Even now when I look for outdoor adventure writing or outdoor adventure photography or filmmaking in Pittsburgh it's essentially non-existent despite Pittsburgh being a great town for something like that. I think it's a way that we can enhance the conservation ethos for Pittsburgh and also give the younger people a way to find their niche in that environment and understand how they can use it for free or fun or to inspire others.

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Swimming and Water Polo Coach, Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, PA
http://CLOH.wikia.com
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Friday, October 03, 2014

Fwd: Calling all teachers. Worldwide.



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From: Hadi Partovi (Code.org) <hadi_partovi@code.org>
Date: Friday, October 3, 2014
Subject: Calling all teachers. Worldwide.
To: Mark Rauterkus <mark@rauterkus.com>


Calling all teachers. Worldwide.

Computer science is foundational for all students today. Yet 90% of schools don't teach it. Last December, 15 million students tried computer science in one week, thanks to educators like you! Since then, over 40 million students have tried the Hour of Code.



Hour of Code 2014 - let's reach 100 million students

Please help this grassroots, teacher-driven campaign reach 100 million students by the end of the year. Sign up to participate in Hour of Code 2014 during December 8-14, Computer Science Education Week.

What's an Hour of Code?

It's an introduction to computer science designed to show that anyone can learn the basics. Code.org provides hour-long tutorials featuring Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Angry Birds, and Plants vs. Zombies — for your computer, tablet, smartphone, or with no computer at all!

No experience needed from teachers and students

We owe it to today's students to start with one hour. Let's make history.

Sign up to participate, recruit a fellow teacher, or get your whole school to join the fun!

Start now at http://hourofcode.com

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Mark Rauterkus       Mark.Rauterkus@gmail.com
Swimming and Water Polo Coach, Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, PA
http://CLOH.wikia.com
412 298 3432 = cell