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Reflections

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Resurrection Of The Drifters By Butch Leake

Watch The Drifters at the London Palladium, 1974 here

It is a pleasure to be acquainted with Mr. Butch Leake, Drifters Legend, of the world renowned famous vocal group, The Drifters. Mr. Butch joined the group as a second tenor in 1970 and stayed with them till 1975. Mr. Leake has various blogs that he runs to keep folks informed about all the Drifters. The Drifters had three golden periods in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. In the 70’s Butch Leake helped record memorial hits such as, "Down on the Beach Tonight", "Kissing in the Back Row of the Movies", "Love Games and There Goes My First Love", which topped the British and European charts in the early seventies. Other famous songs sung by the Drifters include, Save The Last Dance For Me and Sweet Caroline among numerous others. In 2009, Mr. Butch received the Sony Life Time Achievement Award and Gold Disc Award (100,000 CD sold) in 2012.

Here is a link to some of their music: https://dlegends.bandpage.com/ wherein you can also see pictures of various members of the Drifters and some videos from the group in the 1970’s of which Butch Leake was a member.

Butch is currently CEO of Butch Leake Entertainments & Productions, a music, graphic and photographic company. Butch is also a professional photographer. Butch is a featured member of the current Drifters Legends lineup.

Read about the Drifters through Butch Leake’s various blogs and writings, especially a very informed magazine that he produces, D Legends Universe International Fan Club Magazine. Copies of the magazine can be bought at: http://www.blurb.com/user/store/VENTURA11

Butch Leake’s various blogs:
http://www.ctrblogjournal.com/
http://www.butchleake-ct.blogspot.com/
http://www.thedrifterslegendsclubhouse.com/

For more information about The Drifters, please contact Mr. Butch Leake at: ventualeak0@gmail.com

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Martin Luther King, Jr's speech in 1963 & Pres Obama's 2nd inauguration in 2013

Today is a great day on two counts: Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday and President Obama's inauguration to his second term...what a glorious day! The below words from King's "I have a dream," speech delivered on 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. are my favorite....

"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight..."

How fascinating, 50 years ago in 1963 (though not in January but in August), Martin Luther King, Jr. stood at the Lincoln Memorial delivering his famous “I have a dream speech” & today President Obama stands on the opposite side of the National Mall, at the Capital, fulfilling a golden dream!

May everyone dream BIG because if we don't dream and dream big then how will any of our dreams come true!

Congratulations President Obama!

Pres Obama's Inauguration

 

 

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VETERANS

"The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states that the nation’s homeless veterans are predominantly male, with roughly 8% being female. The majority are single; live in urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. About 13% of the adult homeless population are veterans.

Roughly 40% of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 10.4% and 3.4% of the U.S. veteran population, respectively.

Homeless veterans are younger on average than the total veteran population. Approximately 9% are between the ages of 18 and 30, and 41% are between the ages of 31 and 50. Conversely, only 5% of all veterans are between the ages of 18 and 30, and less than 23% are between 31 and 50.

America’s homeless veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF), and the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. Two-thirds served our country for at least three years, and one-third were stationed in a war zone.

About 1.4 million other veterans, meanwhile, are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing."

Read more at: http://nchv.org/index.php/news/media/background_and_statistics/

More news about Veterans: http://nchv.org/

VETERANS AFFAIRS

The White House & Veterans Affairs
http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/veterans/

House Committee On Veterans Affairs
http://veterans.house.gov/

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
http://www.va.gov/

The National Coalition Of Veterans Affairs
http://nchv.org/

Vets1
http://www.vetsfirst.org/

Scamming Veterans Of Their Money!
http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-09-2010/taking_aim_at_old_soldiers_.html

Giving Back To Vets
http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-04-2010/giving-back-to-vets.html

Veterans & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/v/veterans/posttraumatic_stress_disorder/index.html
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WOMEN VETERANS

http://www.va.gov/womenvet/

http://userpages.aug.com/captbarb/

http://womenveteransnetwork.org/

Guide Released by Department Of Labor for Women Veterans
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/guide-issued-to-help-get-aid-to-homeless-women-vets/2011/07/20/gIQAv8DSRI_blog.html

Health & Women’s Veterans
http://www.publichealth.va.gov/womenshealth/

Female Veterans & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2010/11/09/20101109post-traumatic-stress-disorder-female-veterans.html

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POETRY FOR, ON & BY VETERANS

http://www.fifeschools.com/cjh/news/newsitems/VeteransDayPoems.htm

http://lonestar.50megs.com/vietnamvet/poetry.html

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VETERAN’s DAY

United States President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day

http://www.examiner.com/holidays-in-providence/2010-veterans-day-quotes-sayings-and-poems-say-thank-you-veterans

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A Shaken World: Natural Disasters

We shed tears for everyone’s loss and pray for recovery, rehabilitation, courage, hope, and peace amidst the catastrophic misery from natural disasters.  We do not want to forget, because we want to remember, and pay tribute to human endurance during unimaginable loss.  The pictures below are our way of remembering and saluting those who survived and live with dignity and strength.

disaster 1disaster 2disaster 3

http://femahandbook.com/95/tornado-hits-florida-airport-trapping-70/

http://www.worldcatastrophe.com/vehicles-washed-away-by-tsunami/

http://amazingnotes.com/2011/02/12/the-dragon-triangle-mystery/dragon-triangle-tornado/

disaster 4disaster 5

http://www.abcactionnews.com/gallery/news/news_photo_gallery/2011-Earthquake-and-Tsunami

disaster 6disaster 7

http://www.pics-site.com/wp-content/uploads/Haiti-after-the-Earthquake-36.jpg

http://www.lokvani.com/lokvani/a_images/y2005/2766Hurricane_Katrina_Flooding.jpg

disaster 8

http://www.upi.com/enl-win/d2f0efdb0792977745cc9799555c70f3/

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THIRTY Best Practices in Being GREAT administrators

By

Anita Nahal, Ph.D.

“Cease to be a drudge, seek to be an artist.”
Mary McLeod Bethune
“Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.”
Mary McLeod Bethune
Read more: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/mary_mcleod_bethune.html#ixzz17fvcHuyr
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adams
http://thinkexist.com/quotation/a_good_leader_inspires_people_to_have_confidence/169218.html

Being a great administrator requires two basic things: natural leadership skills and immense level of creativity.  The mark of a true leader is that people follow them out of respect and awe, not out of fear. And that respect comes from creating confidence and positivism that allows people to work with you willingly and enthusiastically.

"Natural leadership, immense level of creativity, broad based thinking and a desire to incorporate diverse ideas and ways to govern are the hallmarks of great administrators and leaders." Anita Nahal

My mother, Dr. Sudarshna Nahal, was one such great administrator and leader! Below the thirty best practices, please see a write up on her, and her picture with the former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.

Thirty best practices in being great administrators in my opinion:

Leadership Skills:

  1. Know YOUR institution, department and the constituents you serve.
  2. Know how to manage -- but do not just be a manager -- be a LEADER.
  3. Know how to ENCOURAGE OTHERS, to explore their maximum potential.
  4. LISTEN to others and meet and speak with your staff often... BE a TEAM PLAYER.
  5. Know when to MAKE DECISIONS and do not procrastinate.
  6. Know when to DESIGNATE work and responsibility.
  7. Know when to ACCEPT DEFEAT and move on.
  8. NEVER be a YES PERSON for the sake of being one; know when to say yes and no.
  9. Never take failure personally and DO NOT be JEALOUS of staff who are excelling and achieving -- the benefit will ultimately go to the institution.
  10. NEVER take PERSONAL PROBLEMS to work.
  11. DO NOT MICRO manage.
  12. TRUST YOUR STAFF/colleagues on work given to them.
  13. Offer POSITIVE CRITICISM instead of negative disregard.
  14. BE APPROACHABLE -- always wear a smile when someone comes to meet you or calls upon you.
  15. NEVER lose sight of ETHICS and good MORALS.

Creativity:

  1. BE an IDEA PERSON.
  2. INNOVATE from existing ideas and create NEW ideas.
  3. Encourage those with DIFFERENT ideas.
  4. Think OUTSIDE THE BOX and encourage others to do the same.
  5. RESPECT rules but INTERPRET them to the benefit of others without breaking them.
  6. TRUST your INSTINCTS.
  7. NEVER DISRESPECT anyone -- Tomorrow that person may be your boss!
  8. Know when to LET GO of people... and ideas.
  9. DO NOT encourage a BUDDY SYSTEM for the sake of having yes people around you.
  10. Encourage others to offer HONEST OPINIONS without fear of retribution.
  11. Be mindful of DIVERSITY and integrate it in your organization to the benefit of all stakeholders.
  12. Create programs and policies that might have LONG TERM beneficial impact.
  13. Continuously IMPROVE yourself through learning courses, workshops, and publish in administrator’s journals -- add to the scholarship of knowledge on administrative issues.
  14. To err is human…it’s OKAY to make MISTAKES…learn from them and try not to make them again and again! And...DO NOT PUSH the BLAME on others for a mistake you made.
  15. Do FUN stuff like birthdays and holidays in which the entire staff can participate.

Dr. Sudarshna Nahal:

Can there be a great administrator?  Yes!  Can there be a perfect one?  Not really … because to err is human.  As the principal of a school from k through 12th grade, in New Delhi, India, my mother, Dr. Sudarshna Nahal, was, I believe, a great administrator. The name of her school was Sat Bharwan Arya Samaj Senior Secondary School. Sat Bharwan means seven brothers named after seven brothers who founded the school. Not only did she impress me as a child, but now as a grown woman looking back in retrospect, and having observed diverse administrators, I can say for sure that she indeed was a great administrator. She was not the run of the mill administrator who came to office every day and was dull and boring.  She was a listener, an innovator, very creative, strong and tolerant, with extremely high morals and ethical values and she had a vision ... to see her school be among the top government schools in the country.  And before she retired, graduation data revealed, and people’s testimonies confirmed, that she had indeed achieved her vision to a major degree.   She took a personal interest in everyone and everything in the school … from each child, to what food was served, to the playground, the labs, the library, etc …she ensured that everything was the best and that no poor child was turned away from admittance just because the family did not have money for tuition,  As children, my sister, Ajanta, and I, would love going to her school.  We got all the attention!  And we enjoyed imitating her by sitting in her chair when she would go on her rounds of the school!  Perhaps my love for administration began from there.  My mother was my role model indeed.  I loved the way she walked …so regally… and the way she spoke with clarity and in a crisp no nonsense manner … and carried herself as a woman and as a principal.  My mother had the capacity to reach out to top leaders of the country for support. She met with Prime Ministers Jawahar Lal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi even visited her school when a communty event was held there.  Below is a picture of my mother with Indira Gandhi.

S Nahal & Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi & Sudarshna Nahal

Below, please find some wonderful quotes on leadership & leaders:

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves”

“To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn't know where he is going.”

Joe Namath

"To lead the people, walk behind them.”

Lao Tzu (Chinese Taoist Philosopher, founder of Taoism, wrote "Tao Te Ching" (also "The Book of the Way"). 600 BC-531 BC)

"A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others, but someone who carries water for his people so that they can get on with their jobs”

“True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not the enrichment of the leaders.”

Robert Townsend

http://thinkexist.com/quotation/
a_good_leader_inspires_people_to_have_confidence/169218.html

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AMERICAN HIGHER EDUCATION 

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American Higher Education: How Does It Measure Up for the 21st Century?

by

James B. Hunt Jr. &
Thomas J. Tierney

With a Foreword by
Garrey Carruthers
May 2006

National Center Report #06-2
© 2006 The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Material may be duplicated with full attribution.

Foreword
BY GARREY CARRUTHERS

These essays by former Governor James B. Hunt Jr. and business leader Thomas J. Tierney lay out in succinct fashion the requirements of both our nation and our states for new and higher levels of performance from America’s colleges and universities. I cannot overemphasize the importance and urgency of meeting these high levels of performance. The authors of these essays are not theorists writing from an ivory tower. Quite the contrary, both are national leaders and draw from their extensive experience in civic life, politics, and business. Both serve with me on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Public Policy and Education, and each of their essays brings fresh insights to the National Center’s seminal series of report cards evaluating and comparing state performance in higher education. These report cards, called Measuring Up, were issued in 2000, 2002, and 2004; Measuring Up 2006 will go to press this fall. The context for these report cards is the dramatically changed environment of higher education over the past two decades. Today, the knowledge-based, global economy and major demographic shifts demand substantially improved opportunities for education and training beyond high school. This demand must become a major goal of national and state public policy. To an unprecedented extent, more Americans must prepare for, enroll in, and successfully complete degree and certificate programs. As the baby boomers—the most highly educated Americans in history—retire, their replacements will come primarily from the expanding minority and low-income groups, populations that have traditionally been the least-educated groups in this country. If this nation and its states cannot improve the education of these groups, the share of the U.S. workforce that is college-educated will shrink, and much of our past advantage in the global marketplace will shrink with it. If we fail to mobilize our states and country—as well as our educational institutions—with a renewed urgency, our standard of living will decline and the historic American dream of opportunity will erode. But there is also good news. America has successfully confronted similar needs in the past. It did so in creating the Land Grant colleges in the 19th century. Most pointedly, it did so in the 20th century with the G.I. Bill after World War II, first for the returning veterans and then for the baby boomers. In the 21st century, America must again ratchet up the educational level of its population. This time, it will require concerted efforts by government, by schools and colleges, and—much more so than in the past—by the public and its leaders, based on widespread understanding of the realities of the competitive global economic environment.

These essays by two of America’s most perceptive and influential leaders are valuable maps for charting our course through the critical economic and educational challenges and opportunities of this new century. I thank my colleagues for their work.

Garrey Carruthers
Former Governor of New Mexico
Dean, College of Business
New Mexico State University

http://www.highereducation.org/reports/hunt_tierney/tierney.shtml

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The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States: An Executive Summary

“The Commission on the Future of Graduate Education in the United States is a joint effort of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS). It was charged with overseeing a research effort to examine the political, demographic, socioeconomic, educational, and financial trends that impact participation in graduate education. The assumption underlying this work was that the global competitiveness of the United States and capacity for innovation hinges fundamentally on a strong system of graduate education. The 18-member Commission includes university presidents, graduate deans, provosts, industry leaders, and higher education scholars. The Commission guided the development of a report outlining the research findings and recommendations to universities, industry, and policymakers, and will seek to create a national conversation on how to increase graduate degree attainment by all segments of the country's population.
The Commission's report was released on April 29, 2010, at a forum at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.”
http://www.fgereport.org/

Executive Summary available at:    http://www.fgereport.org/rsc/pdf/ExecSum_PathForward.pdf

Full Report available at: http://www.fgereport.org/rsc/pdf/CFGE_report.pdf

Feedback

There have been an array of criticisms about Higher Ed in the U.S. from the Department of Education to various stakeholders such as employers especially corporate America.  The issues have circled around the cost of tuition, to the cost of textbooks, to the quality of the outcomes--readiness of students to assume a respective career.  As a professor and former administrator I agree with some level of the points, however, I disagree with the overall assessment that it is so far behind.

As also a business owner and professor in business I believe in market forces as the ultimate testament of value.  Hence, American universities are sought out across the globe especially where the two largest emerging economies exist--India and China.  Students from these two countries dominate the science, engineering and business graduate programs and both of these countries have strong alliances that have created partnering institutions in their native states; with Stanford to Harvard, to middle to small colleges, and universities.

In addition, the largest college is the University of Phoenix which is owned by a corporation and thus due to competition which research shows breeds innovation on the positive side, I feel schools have transformed the classrooms to leverage modern technology to enhance access and learning.

I wish our primary and secondary systems were as well sought out across the globe as no one is beating our door for these systems including the privately run schools.  So, I believe in the market, and the market says the U.S. systems are still the gold standard, and I believe there are plenty of forces that will keep them fresh and dynamic

Hubert Glover, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

 
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