Susan Sharp Appointed Corporate Director of Philanthropy at United Methodist Communities Foundation

first_imgSusan Sharp United Methodist Communities (UMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Sharp to the position of corporate director of philanthropy for United Methodist Communities Foundation, located in Neptune, NJ.In this role, she will assume oversight and management of the United Methodist Communities Foundation. The Foundation staff will report directly to Ms. Sharp, who brings more than 13 years’ experience in faith-based philanthropy.A Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies from the Lily School of Philanthropy at Indiana University in progress and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Indiana University complement certification as a Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).“I am pleased to join the United Methodist Communities Foundation and look forward to building relationships and broad support for the organization,” stated Ms. Sharp, a resident of Malvern, PA.Prior to joining United Methodist Communities Foundation, Ms. Sharp served Sandy Cove Ministries as director of mission advancement. Her experience includes overseeing all phases of capital, major, annual and planned gift processes, expanding revenue, and managing special events.last_img read more

Fans make a day of it

first_imgThe morning of the legendary Harvard-Yale football game, better known as The Game, the sun’s rays illuminated the chilly faces of the fans from both the Harvard and Yale communities.By 10 a.m. they had rolled into the parking lots surrounding Harvard Stadium and set out elaborate tailgate feasts. The aroma of roasted chicken, barbeque ribs, and sausages wafted through the air. Alumni from the classes of decades past greeted each other warmly with big hugs.Flags and footballs Bill Markus ’60 strolled proudly through the tailgating party, waving the pride of Harvard’s “most loyal fan” — the Little Red Flag of 1884. The tradition was started by Fredrick Plummer, Class of 1888, who brought it to 59 consecutive Harvard-Yale games. As the official flag bearer, Markus travels from his home in Pittsburgh to attend every game.Bob Shaunessy ’59 (from left) was the captain of the 1958 team. He is famous for two things at his tailgate site: his ’58 team ball and his scotch. Joining him were Gary Froid ’59 and Jack Mohan. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerBob Shaunessy ’59 was the captain of the 1958 team. He is famous for two things at his tailgate site: his ’58 team ball and his scotch.This year, however, he left the ’58 football at home. It seems it had become so popular that someone thought it would be fun to take it for a running drive down the tailgating lane, only to be tackled by shocked onlookers.Shaunessy now brings a faux ball, which springs open into a chocolate-filled candy dish.Attending his 73rd Harvard-Yale game, Dick Bennink ’38, stood and waved the “Flag of the Most Harvard-Yale Games of Anyone Alive.” Now 95, his daughter, Nancy, drives him down from New Hampshire. (He grew up in Cambridge on Fresh Pond Lane.) Sitting proudly in the stands with him were also his son, Rick, and his granddaughter, Margaux. Margaux wore a necklace with the little silver football Bennink had received when his JV team beat Yale back in ’37.Dick Bennink ’38 waved the “Flag of the Most Harvard-Yale Games of Anyone Alive” as he attended his 73rd Harvard-Yale game. His daughter, Nancy, and son Rick joined him in the tradition. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerFriends, fans, and musicWalking around the grounds, the thumping of the New Orleans-style sounds of the Hot Tamale Brass Band drew people into the Sigma Chi tent on the outdoor track.As the band marched out, the disc jockey stepped up and the crowd went Gangnam Style as a hundred students danced in the unofficial fraternity’s tent.Joshua Getega ’16, in full Crimson attire, attended The Game with his friend Javan Oluock ’16 of Yale. Both were friends at home in Kenya and while Getega was confident Harvard would beat Yale today, Oluock insisted Yale would win. “We’re transient enemies, just for this game,” Getega said with a smile.Students wore their thoughts on the topic as well, with Harvard T-shirts that read, “No one ever says ‘When I grow up I want to go to Yale’.”Navy Lt. Danielle Thiriot Huber ’07, who piloted an F/A-18E Super Hornet jet that flew over Harvard Stadium, walked with President Drew Faust. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerOne young woman had an intricate Yale insignia on her face, and when asked if it was painted, she replied, “No, it’s a temporary tattoo.” Asked if she would get a real one, she laughed and said, “I’m loyal, but I’m not that loyal.”Even as the party continued, students began to make their way back to the stadium, which by the second quarter was filled with more than 30,000 people. With a game that toggled between teams, Harvard and Yale fans exchanged loud groans and moans that would roll out from one side of the stadium, while cheers and whoops came from the other side. At the end of the second quarter it was 3-3.Jubilant fans from Dorchester and Southie got their hands on Yale’s fourth-quarter field goal ball that was kicked into the Field Club area of the end zone. Brendan Donovan, 12 years old, and his brother Timmy, 10, both got to touch the game ball. “I’m gonna play for Harvard,” Timmy declared. “Because Harvard is better and smarter than Yale.”Cameron Brate ’14 received a well-deserved hug at game’s end. Brate scored the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerWhat an ending“Let’s go Harvard!” resonated through the stadium, and with just a few minutes left Harvard took the lead.As the sun’s last rays shone down on the field, the Dropkick Murphys played on the speakers, and with just over a minute left, Harvard ran 63 yards for a touchdown, and the screams of victory hailed up over Allston as Harvard won, 34-24.As the huge Harvard banner was paraded in the end zone, the team’s cheerleaders did 34 push-ups.Harvard fans, students, and alumni then rushed from the stands to the 10-foot-tall sidewall above the field. One man pitched his crutches over first before dropping down himself.And so the sun set on another Harvard victory.Harvard’s cheerleaders did 34 push-ups to celebrate the winning score. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

Attack of the slime molds

first_imgMost of the time when people call their University of Georgia Extension office, they are typically fairly calm, but when they call to report a science-fiction-type growth has taken up residence in their yard, their nerves are usually on edge.A lot of the “What in the world is it?” phone calls we receive are about slime molds popping up in lawns or in mulch.Slime molds are primitive, fungus-like organisms that are classified as myxomycetes in the Kingdom Protoctista. Depending on the type of slime mold, they may be white, yellow, blue-gray, black, brown or pink. They usually appear after a strong rain, but they are almost always there in the environment just waiting to emerge. The slimy blobs seem to materialize overnight, usually on decaying organic material — like mulch. Rotting mulch serves not only as the mold’s home but also as its food source. When the mold becomes visible, it is getting ready to reproduce by releasing spores. One of the more interesting slime molds that we get calls about is the one that my kids think has the best name — dog vomit slime mold. It grows on wood mulch, and yes, it looks like your neighbor’s cute canine ate something that didn’t agree with its stomach. When fresh — if you can call a slime mold fresh — it has a yellowish color, but turns to a white color when it begins to dry out. When it completely dries, it can be easily broken open, releasing brown, powdery spores into the air. Although slime molds are unsightly, they are harmless to you and your plants. There is no way to prevent or kill them, so there is no use trying to spray different chemicals on the ground to try and control the mold. You can rake or wash the mold away to help get rid of it quicker, but they will eventually disappear on their own. So after a good rain, watch your step. Dog vomit may appear, and depending on your perspective, either amaze you or gross you out.last_img read more

Works Kick Off to Rebuild Shute Harbor Marine Facility

first_imgWorks have begun on site to rebuild the Shute Harbor marine facility, Whitsunday Regional Council reports. The demolition of a section of the existing seawall near Snows Beach has occurred, with construction of the new stepped seawall beginning in this section.The new seawall will take approximately 8 months to build and the rock will be placed by excavator.New piles will also be driven to support the new wharf and pontoons, said the council.Once the seawall is built, the new terminal buildings and pontoons will be installed.The restoration project is expected to be completed by mid-2021, weather permitting.Eligible works received joint funding from the Commonwealth and State Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).Image source: Whitsunday Regional Councillast_img read more