UTPB ceremony shines spotlight on new engineering building

first_imgHome Local News Education UTPB ceremony shines spotlight on new engineering building Registration set for engineering camp By admin – January 30, 2018 Local NewsEducation UTPB ceremony shines spotlight on new engineering building Pinterest Twitter OCA top 2 were ESL students UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Steven W. Leslie poses with Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, UTPB President Sandra Woodley, Rep. Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa, and Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, at the topping out ceremony for UTPB’s engineering building currently under construction on its Midland campus. WhatsApp From left, Scott Salyer, David Wideman and Mike Marquez, of Adolfson & Peterson Continued Construction, add their names to the building they are helping build at Monday’s topping out ceremony for the new UTPB Engineering Building. About 200 people, including the local state legislative delegation, industry leaders, business people and University of Texas System representatives, joined the University of Texas of the Permian Basin officials in a “topping out” ceremony for UTPB’s College of Engineering building under construction near the CEED Building on the Midland campus of the school Monday.The topping out ceremony is a tradition celebrating a major structural milestone in the construction of significant buildings. A tree attached to the beam represents one of the construction industry’s oldest traditions brought from Europe to the United States, information from UTPB stated.Ironworkers have continued the “topping out” event because their skills make them the first to reach the pinnacle of a structure. During the ceremony, a 22-foot by 18-inch rigging beam was flown into place.Tatum Hubbard, an anchor at CBS 7, served as emcee. WhatsAppcenter_img The $55 million three-story engineering facility will house the newly established College of Engineering, approved by the UT System Board of Regents on Aug. 24. Construction began in late April and is projected to conclude in April 2019. The construction cost includes $48 million in tuition revenue bonds provided by the state.The building will include 105,801 gross square feet and 63,480 assignable square feet that will include space for classrooms, instructional labs, research, administrative offices and student support services. The third floor will be a business incubator and maker space.It is expected to be ready for occupancy for the fall semester in 2019. The architecture firms is Stantec Architects and JSA Architects and the builder is Adolfson & Peterson Construction.UTPB President Sandra Woodley said the university is proud to be part of what’s needed in the region and that the building and the students who study there will be significant for the entire world, not just the region.“It’s important that we look at partnerships and collaborations. You’ll see the faces among the crowd here that it includes our legislative delegation. It includes industry leaders. It includes stakeholders who have gone to bat for this university and what this university can do for this (region). Today, we’re here to celebrate you,” Woodley said.Currently, Woodley said 300 students are in the pipeline to become engineers and the program will soon have 600 students.Woodley expressed thanks for the community’s support in terms of the building, scholarships and funding.“We will be finalizing those partnerships in the coming months. Somewhere on that building is going to be the name. I don’t know who that name is going to be yet, but we’re looking for investments in the future of the engineering building. We’ll be naming the programs. We’ll be naming various aspects inside the building, so we can build an endowment to make this engineering program last for years into the future,” Woodley said.UTPB Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dan Heimmermann said the dedication of the engineering building Monday reaffirms the commitment of the entire community to engineering in the Permian Basin.“With the advent of two new programs this fall in chemical and electrical engineering and now the beam signing here, it really demonstrates the commitment both of the community, but also the UT System to engineering in West Texas,” Heimmermann said.The search for a dean of the College of Engineering is ongoing. Heimmermann said a number of highly qualified applicants have applied and he is hopeful an appointment can be made by the end of the spring.Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, joked that he worked on getting the engineering building longer than his texting while driving bill.“I’m elated to be here and I’m elated to see the building under construction and that we got two more engineering degrees approved by the (Texas Higher Education) Coordinating Board …,” Craddick said.He said about 10 percent of the students enrolled at UTPB are in engineering and that will just increase in the future. All the areas of engineering that will be taught there are needed in the Permian Basin, Craddick added.State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, said the vision for the engineering program started with former UTPB President David Watts and Woodley will continue that vision.“This is going to be one of the most important engineering institutions anywhere in the country,” Seliger said. “As you look around it, the laboratory is right here. This is probably going to have a greater impact on industry than any similar program anywhere.”Rep. Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa, lauded the leadership of UTPB and the UT System. He said because of the commitment the university has made to the engineering program that is the backbone of the regional economy, students who grow up in the Permian Basin will be able to stay here and get a world-class engineering degree in a “fantastic, beautiful” facility then stay here and make a “very good living in the industry that is so important to us.” 1 of 2 Facebook Twitter UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Steven W. Leslie poses with Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, UTPB President Sandra Woodley, Rep. Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa, and Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, at the topping out ceremony for UTPB’s engineering building currently under construction on its Midland campus. Previous articleOC board to hear reportsNext articleAnderson to speak at UTPB library admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook Noel earns award Hawaiian Roll Ham SlidersFruit Salad to Die ForTexas Fried ChickenPowered By 10 Sec Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole NextStay last_img read more

Marolf, Zogg score Driver/Fan Appreciation Night wins

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyWEST LIBERTY, Iowa (Aug. 12) – Saturday night’s races were run on a near-perfect evening with a large crowd in attendance for Driver/Fan appreciation night at West Liberty Raceway.When the final checkered flag of the night waved it was Nick Marolf celebrating his second consecu­tive Out Pace Racing Products Late Model win. Marolf took advantage of a lap 18 caution in taking the top spot away from race-long leader Dave Wada.Wada had built a comfortable lead but the caution brought Marolf to his rear bumper. After taking over the lead, Marolf shot to the high side and sailed on to the win. Justin Kay was able to work to the front from his 10th position start and take second ahead of Rob Moss.The Performance Concepts IMCA Modified feature saw Larry Herring get out front and appear on his way to the win before a caution on lap 15 brought the field to his rear bumper for the restart. Chris Zogg found a fast line up high on the restart and shot into the lead and went on to record the win. Derrick Stewart took second with Herring taking third.Tim Plummer scored his second Weikert Iron & Metal IMCA Northern SportMod win of the week in the 15-lap feature. Dalton Simonsen took second on Saturday night ahead of Colton Livezy.Johnny Spaw outdueled David Brandies in winning the Kile Motorsports IMCA Stock Car feature. Spaw and Brandies battled for the top spot for much of the race before Spaw was able to score a five car length win.The US 6 Bodyworks IMCA Sport Compact feature saw a very spirited battle between Jason Klerk de Reus and Steve Struck. Neither driver gave an inch and the lead was swapped several time. At the checkers it was Klerk de Reus taking the win while Ryan Havel made a late-race charge to take second ahead of Struck.last_img read more

New Horizons ice cream shop opens today

first_imgBatesville, IN — Just in time for the holiday weekend, Sweets at Liberty Park will open this afternoon to serve cool treats to the public.  They offer soft-serve ice cream.  Stop by to help the clients and staff at New Horizons.  Hours are:Friday – 4 to 8 pmSaturday – noon to 4 pmSunday – 11 am to 3 pmMonday – noon to 4pmlast_img

Meanwhile, Back on the Dinosaur Ranch

first_imgSid Perkins went on a dinosaur hunt in Montana this past July, and wrote up his experiences for the cover story of the Aug. 26 issue of Science News.  It was more personal diary than science.  Perkins talked about the teamwork, hard work, and the occasional thrill of finding a fragment of bone that the leader would promptly interpret; e.g., “Murphy estimated that the meat eater had shed the fragment around 150 million years ago.”    Perkins wanted to describe to readers what goes on in the field in this kind of scientific research.  Captioned photos show the tents at base camp, a campfire sing, and workers swinging pickaxes or delicately examining small pieces of bone.  He described how the precious quarry is plastered and wrapped, how the species are identified, and how the tools of the trade (jackhammers and fine brushes, sketch boards and notebooks) are used.    Perhaps the only statement of notable scientific consequence appears inconspicuously in the middle of the narrative.  Perkins talks about how, during the winter, the site must be protected from harsh weather and the hooves of grazing cows.  He adds, “We also have to be careful not to damage the crumbly end of the bone that had been exposed to the elements before its discovery.”  Just earlier, a paleontologist estimated the sediments to be 150 million years old.There is very little difference between this journal and one that could have been written by a participant on a creationist dino dig (07/23/2003, 05/21/2002).  Both groups might have described similar emotions in sharing a sometimes monotonous, sometimes exciting adventure, learning teamwork, and feeling good about contributing to science.  The main differences would be the songs sung around the campfire – undoubtedly “Amazing Grace” at the creationist camp instead of the selection Perkins listed at the evolutionist camp, “Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road” – and the dates.  The evolutionary paleontologists tossed around their millions of years without a qualm or objection.  Perkins saw himself, though, that the delicate, crumbly fragments of bone were easily damaged by footprints and weather.  Eyewitnesses on creationist digs in Montana have been stunned to find vulnerable dinosaur bones all over the surface.    We live in a world of constant change easily seen within our own lifetimes.  A hurricane or tsunami sweeps away a coastline.  A volcano buries an island or emerges from the sea.  Landslides open a new canyon.  Earthquakes rearrange the terrain.  Glaciers melt back for miles, and worldwide climate trends frighten the pundits.  These changes are the stories we tell our children, and written human records reveal a thousand more examples.  In spite of that, the paleontologists want us to believe that these dinosaur bones, some with soft tissue inside (02/22/2006), remained entombed within this formation for a duration exceeding all human recorded history by 37,000 times, enduring global tectonic changes, mountain building episodes, continental uplifts, climate fluctuations, floods and fire, only to crumble away now in an ordinary winter rainstorm or cow’s footstep.    You can choose to sing a song about roadkill and trust in theories vulnerable to being trampled underfoot.  Some look at the same data and sing, I once was lost and now am found, was blind but now I see.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper (OnMRK) available

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper (OnMRK) is a computerized recordkeeping system that sync’s with your smartphone or tablet to create a simple, easy and quick way to record all of your fertilizer and manure applications from the field. The free app which works on tablets, iPads and smartphones can be downloaded from the Google Play store for Android devices and iTunes for the Apple products.To get started, simply go to the app’s website www.onmrk.com.  After setting up your account, enter your farm and field information. Download and open the app on you smartphone or tablet and enter your applicator key. All of the data that has been entered on your computer will now synchronize with your smartphone or tablet. The app features drop‐down menus and quick entry fields which make it fast and easy to enter the required information.Click here for Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper InstructionsThe application information you enter from the field is combined with the GPS Location data from your smartphone or tablet. Both the current weather data and the weather forecast for this location is recorded. Once the application is saved the data is synced with the website. From the website you can print your application records or export them to a spreadsheet. The app was developed with input from OSU Extension Knox County, Ohio Farm Bureau and Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District to meet the new state record keeping requirements for both Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and Senate Bill 150 (SB 150).A detailed set of instructions can be downloaded from the OSU Extension – Knox County website at www.knox.osu.edu.last_img read more

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Magic Johnson, Larry Bird to get Lifetime Achievement Award

first_imgMOST READ Maria Sharapova out of French Open, citing right shoulder DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP FILE – In this Monday, April 6, 2009 file photo, former NBA players Earvin “Magic” Johnson, right, and Larry Bird share a laugh at a news conference before the championship game between Michigan State and North Carolina at the men’s NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament in Detroit. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, whose coast-to-coast rivalry in the 1980s propelled the NBA to a new level of popularity, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.The Hall of Famers and 1992 U.S. Olympic teammates will receive the award on June 24 at the NBA Awards, the league and Turner Sports announced Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)NEW YORK — Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, whose coast-to-coast rivalry in the 1980s propelled the NBA to a new level of popularity, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.The Hall of Famers and 1992 U.S. Olympic teammates will receive the award on June 24 at the NBA Awards, the league and Turner Sports announced Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The honor comes on the 40th anniversary of their meeting in the 1979 NCAA championship game, when Johnson’s Michigan State team beat Bird’s Indiana State squad. That is still the highest-rated game on television in college basketball history.The two would see plenty more of each other across the next decade after Johnson went to the Los Angeles Lakers and Bird to the Boston Celtics. The Lakers won five championships in the 1980s and the Celtics won three, and the interest they drew forged a friendship and helped the NBA move past its struggle for mainstream attention and set the stage for basketball to become one of the world’s most popular sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBoth players won three MVP awards, earned spots on the league’s list of 50 greatest players and were two-time Hall of Fame inductees, first as individuals and then with the Dream Team that captured the gold medal in Barcelona.Bird went on to serve as both coach and president of the Indiana Pacers and is the only person in NBA history to be voted MVP, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year. Johnson also held both roles with the Lakers, though not with the same level of success. He served a short stint as coach (1993-94) and recently stepped down as team president after two seasons. His larger achievements since his playing days have come in the business world as CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises.Bill Russell was the first Lifetime Achievement winner in 2017 and Oscar Robertson was honored last year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

NRL Clubs get right behind our Aussies!

first_imgNRL clubs and players have shown their support for our Australian teams over in New Zealand for the Trans Tasman series. The players have sent in their messages to wish our teams the best of luck and show they are right behind the Aussie teams.  We thank you all for your messages of support and would love to keep the coming, be sure to do so via our social media channels.  Here’s what all the guys had to say.Valentine Holmes – Cronulla SharksGood luck to all the Australian touch teams travelling over to New Zealand. Good luck and all the best and hopefully you will bring back the trophy. Matt Moylan – Penrith PanthersI just wanted to wish you all the best and good luck in the Trans Tasman.Blake Austin – Canberra Raiders Best of luck to the Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Touch Football teams in the up and coming Trans Tasman series.Sam Williams – Canberra Raiders Just want to wish the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed teams all the best at the Trans Tasman series. All the best and enjoy.Matt Ballin – Wests TigersOn behalf of the club we would like to wish you all the best of luck in your touch games over there. I hope you get the kiwis and bring home the trophy. Good luck guys!William Zillman (Gold Coast Titans)Just wanted to say congratulations to Jayden and Peter for making the Australian Men’s Touch Football team and Ashleigh and Marikki for making the Australian Women’s Touch Football team. Best of luck to all the participants. Ashley Taylor – Gold Coast TitansGood luck to all the teams taking on the Kiwis this weekend at the Trans Tasman Series.Tyrone Roberts – Gold Coast TitansIt is an honour to represent your country. We are right behind you – do us proud.Ryan James – Gold Coast TitansJust wanted to say congratulations to Adam, Michael and Paige for making the Australian mixed Touch Football team. Good luck when you play.Cameron Cullen – Gold Coast TitansGood luck to Nick, Lizzie and Cam. Good luck on your captaincy debuts.Andrew Hill – NRL On behalf of all of us here at the NRL and the Australian Rugby League, I offer my congratulations to all the players and staff on your section. It is indeed an absolute honour to represent not only your sport but also Australia. As you take the field, the Kangaroos and the Jillaroos are coming into camp as we also prepare to take on the Kiwis the following weekend. Finally I look forward to joining you in Auckland and cheering you all on as we take battle on the field against the Kiwis. We’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 Trans Tasman series on our website and social media channels, so you won’t miss any of the action:Website: www.touchfootball.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Snapchat – search for ‘TFAofficial’Be sure to use the hashtags #transtasman2016, #oneteam and #teamaustralia across all of our social media platforms.Be sure to send in your message of support for your teams on our social media channels.To watch Touch New Zealand’s live streaming, please click here. Related LinksMessages of Supportlast_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid coach Zidane: When we lose I’m out and in when we win

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zidane: When we lose I’m out and in when we winby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he can handle the sack talk swirling around him.Pressure has eased on the Frenchman after victory at Sevilla on Sunday.And ahead of their meeting with Osasuna, Zidane shrugged: “When we lose I am out and in when we win.”Beyond the game we did, what stands out is that we played as a team from minute one to the end. “To win the game tomorrow, we need the same. There is no easy game. We have to continue along this line.”He added: “Tomorrow there is a game and what happens happens. We have to make a great game tomorrow, with the same intensity and the same desire. It is what interests me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Hong Kong businessman guilty of bribery in African oil deal

first_imgNEW YORK — A federal jury in Manhattan has convicted a Hong Kong businessman of bribing the presidents of Chad and Uganda to secure oil rights for a Chinese energy conglomerate.Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho was found guilty Wednesday of seven of eight counts of conspiracy, money laundering and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.Ho’s attorneys acknowledged he made the cash payments but insisted they were donations intended to foster goodwill.Prosecutors portrayed Ho as a cheater who lined the pockets of government officials in a bid to expand the business of CEFC China Energy around the world.The case had a number of links to the United Nations and involved meetings and wire transfers in New York City.Jim Mustian, The Associated Presslast_img