Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Mitscher Returns to Naval Station Norfolk Share this article View post tag: Destroyer View post tag: Guided-missile December 12, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Returns View post tag: Navy View post tag: Norfolk View post tag: Mitscher View post tag: station View post tag: USS Back to overview,Home naval-today Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Mitscher Returns to Naval Station Norfolk View post tag: News by topic Guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Dec. 10, after a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th areas of responsibility.While in theater, Mitscher conducted maritime security operations and security cooperation efforts, and supported Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Mitscher was assigned to various task forces combating piracy and terrorism, conducting escort and humanitarian missions and standing by to launch missiles at a moment’s notice. She also served the Navy’s mission to build global maritime partnerships through joint exercises and operations with the British, Spanish, Pakistani, Montenegrin, Croatian and Albanian navies.“It was a highly successful deployment. It was deployment of a lot of firsts with (aircraft carrier) George H.W. Bush. The crew performed magnificently across every department and the ship was ready to answer bells at all times and put ordnance on target. We did everything we were asked to do, and we were on time, ready, willing and able,” said Cmdr. Brian K. Sorenson, Mitscher’s commanding officer.After seven port visits, including Albania, Montenegro, Bahrain, The Republic of Seychelles, Portugal and two to the United Arab Emirates, the crew of approximately 300 Sailors, including 39 new enlisted surface warfare specialists, 10 new surface warfare officers and 12 new fathers, is excited to be with their families and friends again.Command Master Chief William J. Mullinax said the crew, from the most junior Sailor to the most senior, is glad to be back after performing their duties and accomplishing their mission“This is my 11th deployment. The mission may be different every time, but that feeling of excitement and the happiness of being home stays the same. It doesn’t go away, no matter how many deployments you have done.” said Mullinax.“It’s great to finally be home after a long and trying deployment. We did a lot of great things out there, but I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and seeing how much my baby girl has grown,” said Yeoman 1st Class Chad Shortridge.Some crewmembers didn’t have to wait to see their loved ones. Mitscher made a brief stop at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Dec. 8, to pick up family members for a “tiger cruise” to homeport. During the two-day cruise, guests were treated to weapons demonstrations, front-row seats to replenishment-at-sea and a chance to see how Mitscher held up in a drag race against other ships in her strike group.“It’s a unique opportunity to be on board a U.S. Navy ship,” said Tony Knight, Shortridge’s brother-in-law and guest for the cruise.“It’s interesting to see how everything operates, and to be on board for the homecoming was amazing. It’s pretty special to see if from the other side, to see how everyone gets prepared and just be a part of the excitement. I’m honored to have been a part of it,” Knight said.Mitscher was deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group. The strike group consisted of Carrier Strike Group 2 staff, Carrier Air Wing 8, Destroyer Squadron 22 staff, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64), and USS Anzio (CG 68) and guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103).[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 12, 2011; Image: navy Training & Education
Assist instructor in preparing materials for use and ensuringoperational needs are met; orient and provide information andassistance to students as needed; answer phone and respondappropriately to inquiries. Link to job brochure: Positions in the Lab Technician class are distinguished from theSenior Lab Technician by the level of responsibility assumed. Incomparison to the Senior Lab Technician, positions at this levelare assigned to less complex labs, have less exposure to hazardousor otherwise dangerous materials, and limited involvement in budgetactivities and ordering of supplies and equipment. Employees atthis level are required to be fully trained in all proceduresrelated to assigned area of responsibility and are fully aware ofthe operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Duties and Responsibilities Duties and Responsibilities Classification Benefits: Education/Training: Documents Needed for ApplyingRequired DocumentsResume / CVCover LetterOptional DocumentsLetter of Recommendation 1Letter of Recommendation 2Letter of Recommendation 3Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Job Open ID:REQ8090 Position Title:Laboratory Technician, Categorical (one or more positions) Hours per week:25 Operational characteristics of equipment and materials pertainingto assigned instructional area. Principles and practices ofinstructional area operations.Principles and techniques of customer service.English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers andapplicable software applications such as word processing,spreadsheets, and databases. Any combination of education and experience that would likelyprovide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. Atypical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: The conditions herein are representative of those that must be metby an employee to successfully perform the essential functions ofthis job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enableindividuals with disabilities to perform the essential jobfunctions. Pay Basis:Monthly Pay Range:122, Step 1 is $2,642.5 per month Job Category:Classified Staff Salary Schedule Link:Click here for current Salary Schedules Distinguishing Characteristics: Provide assistance to instructional staff in establishing,projecting and monitoring expenditures; maintain necessary andadequate inventory levels; order equipment and supplies asneeded. Term:12 Months/Year The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefitsto eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance,a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage,accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-termdisability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid bythe District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with CaliforniaPublic Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). Initial Screening Date07/17/2019 Knowledge of: Duties and Responsibilities Duties and Responsibilities % of Range:62.5% Job Open Date:07/01/2019 Education and Experience Guidelines: Duties and Responsibilities Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list ofthe range of duties performed by employees in the class.Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performedwithin the job.Under direction from higher level Adult Education academic andadministrative staff, assists in the preparation of materials andoperations for an assigned instructional area at the SaddlebackAdult Education off site campus; operates and demonstrates use ofspecialized equipment, supplies and materials; provides assistanceto students within the assigned subject area; and maintains thegeneral cleanliness of the assigned instructional area. Create tutor schedules under guidance of instructional staff;establish discipline details in scheduling system and monitoronline scheduling; monitor time sheets; prepare, monitor andcertify payroll time cards. Perform related duties as required. Ability to: Assist in the preparation of instructional materials anddemonstrations for an assigned subject area.Operate and demonstrate the proper use of specialized equipment,supplies and materials.Provide assistance to students on matters related to assignedarea.Operate, understand the mechanical function of and perform routinemaintenance and repairs on equipment within assigned area.Maintain the cleanliness of assigned instructional area.Interpret and apply department policies, procedures, rules andregulations.Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.Maintain an adequate inventory of materials for instructionalprograms.Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and inwriting.Establish and maintain effective working relationships with thosecontacted in the course of work. Classification TitleLaboratory Technician Assist students in the use of a variety of equipment in assignedarea; ensure student compliance with policies, procedures andsafety precautions; oversee student check-in and check-outprocesses; schedule tutorial sessions for students using schedulingsoftware. Experience: Additional Classification Information: The following duties are typical for this classification.Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may berequired to perform additional or different duties from those setforth below to address business needs and changing businesspractices.Assist instructor in preparing materials for use and ensuringoperational needs are met; orient and provide information andassistance to students as needed; answer phone and respondappropriately to inquiries.Assist students in the use of a variety of equipment in assignedarea; ensure student compliance with policies, procedures andsafety precautions; oversee student check-in and check-outprocesses; schedule tutorial sessions for students using schedulingsoftware.Create tutor schedules under guidance of instructional staff;establish discipline details in scheduling system and monitoronline scheduling; monitor time sheets; prepare, monitor andcertify payroll time cards.Prepare material to communicate activities; prepare flyers,notices, and other hard copy information; maintain and updatewebsite.Provide assistance to instructional staff in establishing,projecting and monitoring expenditures; maintain necessary andadequate inventory levels; order equipment and supplies asneeded.Maintain a clean and safe learning environment; clean table tops,desks and furniture; perform routine and minor repairs onequipment; liaison with other campus departments to ensure workingorder of facilities, equipment, furnishings, etc.Maintain and prepare data regarding student enrollment and usage;manage and maintain the electronic scheduling system and ensure allnecessary data is tracked.Perform related duties as required. Job DutiesJob Duties Work ScheduleWe have two locations and two different schedules. Please seedetails under additional MAC Details. Please note, the Districtwill observe an alternative 4/10 work schedule from the week of May31, 2019 through the week of August 9, 2019, exceptions m Possession of a valid California driver’s license may benecessary. Physical Demands: Additional Position Information: Work Environment: Job Close Date: Position Specific Benefits: Posting Details Additional Position Information: Summary Description: Two years of increasingly responsible instructional assistanceexperience or similar experience requiring strong customer serviceskills. Employment in these positions is contingent upon funding by theCalifornia Adult Education Program ( CAEP ).We have two locations and two different schedules:Saddleback Adult Education at Serra High School LaboratoryTechnician schedule – Monday through Thursday 2:30-9:15 PM (1/2hour break).Saddleback Adult Education at Silverado High School schedule –Monday through Thursday 1:30-8:15 PM (1/2 hour break).Both positions will work at least 90% outdoors.Please note, the District will observe an alternative 4/10 workschedule from the week of May 31, 2019 through the week of August9, 2019, exceptions may apply. Representative Duties: Conditions of Employment: Position ID:P0015114 and P0015115 Maintain and prepare data regarding student enrollment and usage;manage and maintain the electronic scheduling system and ensure allnecessary data is tracked. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobilityto work in a classroom setting; to stand or sit for prolongedperiods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach,and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderateamounts of weight; to operate instructional area equipment andapparatus requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination;to verbally communicate to exchange information.See in the normal visual range with or without correction.Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction. Duties and Responsibilities Work is performed primarily in a classroom setting; may be exposedto noise, dust; work with instructional area equipment andapparatus; frequent interaction with students. At least minimalenvironmental controls to assure health and comfort. Equivalent to two years of college level course work. Position-Specific Benefits: Permanent link to postinghttps://jobs.socccd.edu/postings/9860 DepartmentAdministration for Community Ed, Emeritus, K-12(SC-060-000) Duties and Responsibilities Receives Benefits:No Prepare material to communicate activities; prepare flyers,notices, and other hard copy information; maintain and updatewebsite. License or Certificate: Duties and Responsibilities Location20-Saddleback College Maintain a clean and safe learning environment; clean table tops,desks and furniture; perform routine and minor repairs on equipment; liaison with other campus departments to ensure working order offacilities, equipment, furnishings, etc.. Have you been terminated from employment and/or released fromprobation at the South Orange County Community College District(SOCCCD)?YesNo If yes, please provide details.(Open Ended Question)Describe your employment history when you worked or interactedwith individuals from a cultural background different from yourown. Include any work experience with individuals who spoke adifferent language than your own.(Open Ended Question)Describe any past experience you have serving as a liaison withother campus departments to ensure working order of facilities andequipment to ensure a clean and safe learning environment.(Open Ended Question)
WASHINGTON (Oct. 28, 2016) — In response to urging by Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06), the U.S. Department of Education today announced it will restore Pell Grant eligibility to students who were using the grants to attend ITT Technical Institute when it abruptly closed last month.Federal Pell Grants are provided to low-income students pursuing postsecondary education, and lifetime eligibility for the need-based grants is limited.Messer sent a letter to the Education Department earlier this month, after he realized the Department was refusing to restore Pell Grant eligibility to ITT Tech students, leaving them with few options to finish their degrees.The Education Department responded to Messer’s letter today, saying it would reverse its previous decision and reset Pell Grant eligibility to these students, per Messer’s suggestion that Section 437(c)(3) of the Higher Education Act required this action.“ITT Tech closed largely at the hand of federal bureaucrats, yet they had no back up plan for the students who would be impacted the most,” Messer said. “For many low-income students, Pell Grants are their best shot to attend college and secure a better future for themselves. I’m relieved that the Education Department is doing right by these students and ensuring they have a path forward to continue their education.”It’s estimated that the Education Department’s decision today could help more than 16,000 students.Messer has also authored a bill that would allow veterans to recover their GI Bill educational benefits if they were using their benefits at a college or university that closes, preventing them from completing their degree.The bill (H.R. 6003) would apply to the nearly 7,000 veterans who were enrolled at ITT Tech at the time it closed.Based in Indiana, ITT Tech operated 130 campuses nationwide and served about 40,000 students when it announced on Sept. 6, 2016 that it would close. The announcement followed an Aug. 25 decision by the Education Department to prohibit the institution from enrolling new students using federal student aid.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The 2 Sisters Food Group has reported a £13.3m operating loss before taxation for the 52 weeks ended 27 July 2013 – up from a loss of just £1.3m the year before.The bakery and meat company, which owns brands including Fox’s Biscuits and Holland’s Pies, saw turnover increase from £778m in 2012 to £855.1m in 2013. Gross profit margin fell from 7.8% to 5.6% over the same period, according to results published by Companies House.The directors’ report in the results said: “As we enter the new financial year, the increase in feed ingredient prices remains a challenge to the business, as it is for many other food manufacturers. The company is working with customers to recover feed inflation and drive volume and invest in capacity and efficiency.” It added that 2 Sisters continued to invest in new product development, which the company regarded as essential for success in the medium to long term.Earlier this month, the company appointed Lochlain Feeley to the newly created role of bakery managing director.The position will see Feeley head up the company’s bakery team based at Gunstones Bakery in Dronfield, near Sheffield.
Dead & Company is getting ready to return to Riviera Maya, Mexico for their second annual Playing in the Sand destination event. Hosted by Dead & Company and partners CID Presents from January 17th–20th, 2019, Playing In The Sand will see band members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti perform for three nights on an intimate, white sandy Mexican beach, just feet away from the Caribbean.Joining Dead & Company for their beach extravaganza are legendary New Orleans-based funk act, Dumpstaphunk, and blues-rock sister act, Larkin Poe. The two bands will each play one set on the beach during the night that Dead & Company has off. The official schedule will be released closer to show.In addition to the music, the sold-out Playing in the Sand will offer guests an assortment of curated amenities such as all-inclusive food and drink, premium hotel accommodations, shuttle service to and from Cancun International Airport, an official Dead & Company Riviera Maya gift bag, and 24-hour concierge service. There will also be a slew of on-site activities such as yoga, tequila tasting, bowling and surfing, as well as a plethora of off-site adventures that allow guests to explore Mexico’s amazing natural treasures and sacred ancient history. For more information, or to start making your plans for Playing In The Sand, head to the event’s website.Beyond Playing In The Sand, Dead & Company have “off” until their summer 2019 tour, which includes multi-night runs at Mountain View, CA’s Shoreline Amphitheatre; Los Angeles, CA’s Hollywood Bowl; George, WA’s The Gorge; Chicago, IL’s Wrigley Field; Boulder, CO’s Folsom Field; and more. See below for the complete summer tour schedule, and head here for more information.Dead & Company 2019 Summer Tour Dates:FRI 31-May Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre*SAT 1-Jun Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre*MON 3-Jun Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl+TUE 4-Jun Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl+FRI 7-Jun George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre*SAT 8-Jun George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre*WED 12-Jun Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*FRI 14-Jun Chicago, IL Wrigley Field+SAT 15-Jun Chicago, IL Wrigley Field+TUE 18-Jun Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center*THU 20-Jun Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion*SAT 22-Jun Foxborough, MA Gillette Stadium+SUN 23-Jun New York, NY Citi Field+WED 26-Jun Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live*FRI 28-Jun Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion*SAT 29-Jun Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood*TUE 2-Jul Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion*FRI 5-Jul Boulder, CO Folsom Field+SAT 6-Jul Boulder, CO Folsom Field+* American Express presale+ Citi presaleView All Tour Dates
Broadway.com wishes Cumming, Williams and all the Kit Kat Klub’s usual suspects a “perfectly marvelous” opening! In honor of the show’s Great White Way return, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned the above portrait. The whole cast is represented in the sketch, with the foreground depicting, from left to right, Linda Emond as Fraulein Schneider, Danny Burstein as Herr Schultz, Cumming as the Emcee, Aaron Krohn as Ernst Ludwig, Bill Heck as Clifford Bradshaw and Williams as Sally Bowles. Michelle Williams About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Related Shows View Comments Alan Cumming “Come hear the music play” once more at Studio 54! Roundabout’s revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Cabaret opens officially on April 24, the last Broadway show to do so in the 2013-14 season. Director Sam Mendes and co-director/choreographer Rob Marshall have recreated their Tony nominated direction and choreography of the 1998 production, with Alan Cumming reprising his Tony-winning role as the Emcee and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams making her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Cabaret Danny Burstein
A UVM alumnus and his family have pledged $1 million to support scholarships at the University of Vermont and are challenging others to join them in continuing to build a tradition of giving at UVM.Donald “Don” H. McCree, UVM class of 1983 and his wife, Gabrielle “Gabby” McCree, started their own family’s tradition in 2006 when they established the McCree Family Scholarship Fund with a half-million-dollar gift. The fund provides annual scholarships based on financial need, academic achievement, and involvement in community service. Their goal, they said then, was to “provide an opportunity to students to attend The University of Vermont to receive an educational experience that prepares them to be leaders in their professional pursuits as well as in their communities.”The couple has now decided to double that commitment with a $1 million gift to be divided equally between their named scholarship and UVM’s general scholarship fund. The latter will serve as a challenge to attract more scholarship gifts from like-minded alumni, parents and friends of the university. Donors will be able to increase the impact of their own general scholarship giving with a match from the McCrees.”Universities are the incubators of the effective leadership the world needs, and supporting students through scholarships is a very direct way to foster that process,” said Don McCree. “Gabby and I are pleased to do our part, and we hope the university will use our gift to continue to build a tradition of giving to scholarships at UVM.”As an executive at JPMorgan Chase, Don McCree has a key role on the leadership team of an organization with assets of more than $1 trillion and operations in more than 50 countries. Gabby McCree is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. She teaches English at Manhattanville College and is an active volunteer in Rye, New York, where she and Don reside with their three children.Leadership has been a consistent theme in Don McCree’s life going at least as far back as his student days at UVM. He held several leadership positions while attending UVM and has been involved with a number of philanthropic boards since graduation. McCree has continued his leadership at UVM as a founding member of the UVM Foundation Board of Directors and member of its Finance and Investment Committee. The couple’s gift will be received and invested by the UVM Foundation.”We are very grateful for Don and Gabby McCree’s generous support of scholarships at the university,” said O. Richard Bundy, III, UVM’s vice president for development and alumni relations. “This gift, and its challenge component, support one of the University’s top fundraising priorities and will significantly advance the university’s effort to keep a first-rate UVM education accessible and affordable.”UVM. 10.14.2011####
Alligators freeze with noses above water in North Carolina swampAmerican alligators at The Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. have turned themselves into ice statues to survive the cold weather. Eighteen alligators at the park have poked their noses through the ice and then frozen in place, entering a state of brumation, similar to hibernation. When in their frozen state, the alligators do not react when disturbed. A park employee says the animals seem to sense when a cold snap is coming and poke their noses above the water at just the right time. Last January, alligators at the same park made headlines when they froze with their noses above water for the first time. Those alligators thawed out a few days later with no observable impacts to their health. (More information on these clever gators to come to our website!) Virginia panel approves bill to halt construction of fossil fuel power plants after 2020Virginia’s House Commerce and Labor Committee narrowly approved a bill that will halt the construction of power plants that use fossil fuels and pipelines that carry the fuels after 2020. The bill also requires Virginia to develop a plan to rely totally on renewable energy for generating electricity by 2036, including all electricity sold by public utilities. The sponsor of the bill, Del. Sam Rosoul, D-Roanoke, says that there are more than 97,000 jobs in renewable energy industries in Virginia and the bill will create more jobs and boost the economy while also helping mitigate climate change. Opponents of the bill argue that the timetable to switch from fossil fuels to renewables is unrealistic. The bill must now pass the full House of Delegates, where it faces an uphill battle.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he seed for Showtime’s provocative hit series, Masters of Sex, was first planted 20 years ago in the mind of Thomas Maier, a veteran Newsday investigative reporter, when he was assigned to interview the male half of the world-famous sex research team, Masters & Johnson, on the day of Dr. William Masters’ retirement in 1994.As Maier came to learn intimately years later, the highly regarded ob-gyn doctor in St. Louis would never have become a household name in America’s bedrooms had he not hired Virginia Johnson, a divorced mother and former jazz singer, to be his secretary. It turned out that Masters needed her as much as Johnson needed the job. From then on, their relationship only grew more and more complicated.“I got him on the telephone,” Maier recalled recently. “He was in St. Louis and I spoke with him for probably half an hour.”We reached Maier in Los Angeles, where he and his 21-year-old son were watching production wrap-up on the second season of the show—Maier is one of the show producers—and having “a blast!” The series, which had its season premier July 13, only takes us to 1961—Masters and Johnson’s partnership lasted another three decades.“I got off the telephone thinking about a man and a woman studying love and sex who are not married, then get married, become world famous because of their work, stay married for 20 years and then divorce and nobody knows why,” said Maier. “All of that had to make for a fascinating story.” Now, said Maier, “We live in the Age of Viagra.”Lizzy Caplan (left) and Thomas Maier (right), who wrote the book “Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love.” (thomasmaierbooks.com)Then Maier said something truly shocking: “This show really is in its own way kind of conservative—we underline the need for intimacy, for understanding, for people’s often desperate search for love.”Tellingly, Maier discovered that after Masters and Johnson got divorced in 1991, they both went looking for their lost loves.“Bill Masters marries his lost love from his youth and at the end of the book Virginia Johnson goes looking for the ‘boy with fiery red hair,’ with whom she lost her virginity to when she was 16,” Maier said. Johnson didn’t want to marry him because she wanted to leave the small farm community in Missouri, where she’d grown up.“I think that as much as they were masters of all the degrees of sexuality and such, they were kind of clueless about love,” he said. “A lot of their lives were spent searching for the right person.”Maier feels that Showtime’s executive producer Sarah Timberman and the showrunner Michele Ashford have certainly found the right people to play the key roles on this series. He believes that Lizzy Caplan’s portrayal of Virginia Johnson is “very accurate”—she’s nominated for an Emmy, and deservedly so, Maier says—and Michael Sheen, a “marvelous Shakespearean actor” who was doing Hamlet in London when they approached him to play Dr. William Masters, is doing a masterful job recreating the complex character of the man. Their chemistry is fascinating to watch as their relationship evolves. So far, critics and viewers seem to agree.As for liberties taken with his book, Maier admits there were a few but the results are terrific.“First of all the show is a drama, which by definition is a fictional vehicle, but as a fictional vehicle it uses my non-fiction book kind of like the chicken in a big pot of chicken soup,” he said with a laugh, praising Ashford’s adaptation. “What’s remarkable to me is how many things she’s been able to use in the show.”Barton Scully, the closeted gay character played by Beau Bridges, is “a combo plate of two characters in my book,” said Maier.And Dr. Lillian DePaul, played by Julianne Nicholson, is entirely a fictional creation, brought into the series to illustrate what professional women had to combat in a very sexist field. In the show, DePaul is struggling to be taken seriously, trying to get funding for her pap-smear research while coping with advanced cancer.As a Long Islander, Maier especially enjoyed watching them shoot the pilot at Sands Point. The Guggenheim’s mansion, Hempstead House, was a stand-in for Washington University in St. Louis. John Madden, who directed the Oscar-winning film, Shakespeare in Love, reportedly convinced Sheen to play Masters in the pilot. Once the show was “green-lighted,” the program has been produced in Los Angeles, where Sheen lives.The connection all makes sense to Maier.“There’s certainly a lot of comedy,” he said, “but ultimately it is a Shakespearean tragedy.” But the idea would have to gestate for a while. In his spare time, Maier was already working on Dr. Spock: An American Life, a book about the pioneering pediatrician, Benjamin Spock, which came out in 1998. And then he turned his attention to writing The Kennedys: America’s Emerald Kings, published in 2003.The cast of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.” (Masters of Sex/Facebook)By the time he returned to this project, it was 2006. Masters had died in 2001. But Maier was able to convince Johnson to cooperate as well as Masters’ friends and family. He also found out that the doctor had written an unpublished autobiography.“It was not a particularly reflective memoir,” Maier said, “but it certainly provided a lot of the details, things about his childhood [and] his torturous relationship with his father…”From Johnson, who was then 80 years old, Maier learned how pivotal she had been to Masters’ success, helping to make his professional dreams come true—as well as her own.“Virginia always wanted to be on a stage,” Maier said. “She had been a singer in a band and had taken singing lessons. She hoped to be an opera singer at the Met… But the stage she found in life was the stage that Bill Masters provided.”In 2009 Maier’s book, Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love, was published. Maier believes that if Masters had still been alive, the project might never have gotten off the ground.“I think it would have been difficult,” said Maier. “He was a very secretive guy about their work.”But Maier understands what Masters and Johnson were up against because the nature of their work was so controversial.“It was like playing with nitroglycerin. It really was,” Maier said. “You couldn’t do that experiment today.”Maier is convinced that one reason their study has not been replicated, at least in America, is that “you couldn’t get past the ethics boards that would object to something like this.”By first documenting how the human body responds sexually, their pioneering work opened a lot of doors—and brought about what Maier calls “the medicalization of sex.”“Before they came along,” said Maier, “if married couples had sexual problems, they either went to a priest, a rabbi or a minister, or they went to a Freudian-trained psycho-analyst.”
Many credit union boards think the new director onboarding process starts when new board members have been elected to serve. But really, the key to building an effective onboarding program is not to wait for the election to take place. Just like board meetings run best when advance work is done to set them up for success, onboarding of new directors is greatly facilitated by steps boards can take before your members elect new directors.Consider taking the following key steps before the board election:Develop a matrix of your “ideal board” for achieving strategic goals. Create a skills matrix outlining the attributes and skills your board members currently have. Then, create a separate matrix showing those skills directors will need to carry your credit union successfully into the future. Be sure to do this with your strategic plan in mind.Identify board composition gaps. Compare your board’s current skills matrix with the skills matrix of your future, ideal board. What weaknesses do you see in your current board? Conduct a gap analysis. What attributes or skills are limited – or missing? continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr