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iSON to Groom Next Set of Nigerian Female Football Stars

first_imgInaugurates First Female Football TeamiSON BPO, Africa’s leading customer experience provider with presence in 14 countries in Africa, has inaugurated the first iSON female football team in Nigeria – Abeokuta centre. .The initiative serves as a discovery platform in which talents are groomed. It is also designed to groom the future Nigerian Female Football Stars.The inaugural match which was played in Abeokuta, Ogun State, was organized by the company’s inbound and outbound teams. The club was setup strictly for employees and has helped in improving employee engagement which also helps in improving job satisfaction amongst staff members, and portrays iSON as an advocate in women empowerment. iSON BPO’s Group CEO, Pravin Kumar, in expressing his delight said “We are very proud to launch the first iSON female football team. We believe this is a step in the right direction in the advocacy for women empowerment. It is truly memorable inventiveness for us, as others are now following in our footsteps. It is a moment of pride for us and was an important occasion, as we now have a female football team”.One of the key rationales behind the initiative is to reduce youthful exuberance and ensure that the female team can match their male counterpart in the sports arena. The team is ready to meet any female football team to further test their might.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

UW women’s tennis ready to host 2010 ITA Team Indoors

first_imgTennis season is in full swing, and this weekend both the Wisconsin men’s and women’s teams will be facing strong, ranked competition.After finishing seventh in the Big Ten in 2009, both the UW men’s and women’s teams have been playing matches every week leading up to their Big Ten season openers in mid-March.Their hope is to improve upon last season, and they are satisfied so far with their pre-season play.Wisconsin women’s head coach Brian Fleishman brought on tennis professional Audra Cohen as an assistant coach over the off-season. Cohen, the 2007 ITA National Player of the Year, played at both Northwestern and Miami. A two-time ACC Player of the Year and five-time All-American, Cohen joined the UW coaching staff in December.So far, her impact has been a positive one for the Badgers.“She’s a great role model for the girls,” Fleishman said. “She’s so far raised our level up just by being here.”Though the Badgers’ lineup is not set yet, Fleishman believes senior co-captain Katya Mirnova will be playing No. 1 singles. Wisconsin’s other captain is junior Jessica Seyferth.“The biggest challenge is going to be able to find a lineup that we’re going to be able to stick with,” Fleishman said. “We have a lot of talented players and a lot of equal ability. I think everybody is striving for that No. 1 position, so I think that’s a good problem to have.”After starting 2-4, the Badgers will host the 2010 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship this weekend at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.Matches begin Friday at 9 a.m. as 16 teams from across the country will be competing, including the top 12 ITA-ranked teams..“We’ll have three quality matches no matter what. We’ll play three top-10 teams right in a row,” Fleishman said. “A good variety of competition, and it’s at our home place so I think it would be a great time to come out and see some tennis.”The UW women will face No. 1 Duke at 3:30 p.m., Friday.On the men’s side, Wisconsin is sitting on a 6-1 record after defeating Southern Methodist University and Illinois-Chicago at home Saturday. The Badgers moved up seven spots in the ITA rankings this week to No. 25.UW will not, however, be competing in the ITA National Indoor Team Championship on the men’s side. Instead, the Badgers will take on Nebraska at 4 p.m., Thursday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.“I think we’re definitely ahead of where we were last year, and we have a lot of young guys playing, so I think we’re only going to get better from here,” assistant coach Evan Austin said. “Looking at our freshman, (Billy) Bertha and (Chris) Freeman, (we are) looking for those guys to have some big contributions in the next couple months.”The team also has two players ranked in the ITA top 20 in men’s national singles. Senior Moritz Baumann is currently sitting at No. 6, and junior Marek Michalicka is at No. 20. As a pair, the international duo is ranked No. 3 in doubles.While they remain focused on this weekend’s match, the men’s team cannot help but peek ahead at a match with Big Ten rival Ohio State, which ranks No. 3 nationally.“Of course I want to finish No. 1, as a team, but it’s going to be hard work,” Michalicka said. “It’s going to be tough because Ohio State and Illinois are pretty good teams. But we can do it, we can beat both teams right now.”“If there was one match I think we’re definitely looking forward to, it is our match with Ohio State at the end of the conference season,” Austin added. “I think that’s one we’re looking at and hopefully there will be a lot on the line when that match rolls around.”Conference play begins March 21 at home against No. 12 Illinois. UW will play six Big Ten matches at home this season, including the third-ranked Buckeyes on April 25.“We’re just trying to take one match at a time,” Austin said. “Hopefully when things fall at the end we’ll be in position to have a shot at the title.”last_img read more

Lamy tries to redefine educational experience

first_imgAt the height of the Vietnam War, universities were the place to be for students wanting to make a difference in the world. On any given day, students could engage in discussion about the war, often with prominent figures such as Daniel Ellsburg.Worldly · Vice Dean for Academic Programs Steven Lamy has taught abroad. – Courtesy of USC“Universities were alive with this very complex, difficult debate about America’s role in the war,” said Vice Dean for Academic Programs Steven Lamy. “If you looked out the window at any university, there was a discussion about the war and people were mobilized.”After spending about a year abroad, in Belgium and the Netherlands, and hearing about the war from a college campus, Lamy began rethinking his plans to use his studies in history and political science to become a lawyer. He was more interested in researching, and decided to attend the Graduate School of International Studies at University of Denver for his Ph.D.Now, at USC, Lamy has translated his experience into teaching.“The key thing is active learning,” he said. “The idea of active learning is not passively sitting there listening to a lecture, but interaction: talking in class, using case studies and doing exercises.”One of his strategies to get students involved is a research exercise, Beyond Google: Basic Tools for Research in International Relations. He said that rather than having teaching assistants spend discussion sections restating lectures, he gives the students work to discuss, such as an exercise that asks students to search for various publications that provide information on a variety of topics, from South African foreign policy to who won the Biafra Civil War.“[This] generation believes you can find everything on Google,” Lamy said. “My idea is, rather than say, ‘This is a journal,’ say, ‘Go find it.’ The idea is that you give them something like this to do and they develop skills to use later.”Lamy also suggests students learn through teaching, so he created the Teaching International Relations Program, placing about 200 USC students in local high schools to teach a series of lessons on international relations. He said students also stand to learn more about the subject through the creation and teaching of their lessons.“You do learn a lot about not only yourself, but about the field that you’re teaching when you attempt to teach,” Lamy said.Lamy taught at the University of Transkei in South Africa during the apartheid, where he realized the value of education when a student stayed after class one night to apologize for falling asleep during class. The student told Lamy that he woke up at six every morning, spent the day teaching at a school in his village, then took four buses to the university for night classes. The student said he wanted to have a degree to teach when  the apartheid was reformed. Lamy said the student attended class every night, and that was the only night he had ever fallen asleep.“[This interaction] said to me that I’d better prepare very well,” Lamy said. “I can’t take this lightly. It set up the notion that we both have responsibility: The student has responsibility and I have responsibility. You come to learn, and I come to learn with you.”Lamy’s work also took him to Eastern European countries, such as Russia and Estonia, at the end of the Cold War, as part of a program to develop case studies and to show university professors abroad how to teach international relations. Now, he stresses to his students the importance of traveling to learn more. He runs Problems without Passports, a program that provides short-term summer courses on global issues by taking students around the world. Past studies have taken students to Belize, Palau and Guam.This summer, a group of students is traveling to the Arctic to research climate change. They will begin in Finland and end in Lapland, stopping in several other countries along the way to learn about global perspectives on the issue.“It’s the idea of seeing the world from a different perspective,” Lamy said. “They have a different way of seeing things and that’s what study abroad does. The programs we’ve designed are short-term, but they’re appetizers. We hope that someone will go abroad and say, ‘It doesn’t hurt to go abroad, you can really learn something.’”last_img read more

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