An Adventure in Joyineering

first_imgDell Equips Father-Daughter Duo for Humanitarian Efforts in NepalThe following is a guest post by Mike Libecki, National Geographic Explorer, and brand ambassador for Dell Latitude Rugged. He is an adventurer, humanitarian and father.  ************My daughter Lilliana recently turned 13 years old. Suddenly, she is ready to change the world. At only 13 years old, she has already been to all seven continents on the globe and 21 countries. One of the best lessons for her is to see the world and be inspired to make it a better place, ultimately creating and sharing joy in any way possible.Lilliana has grown up with a dad who lives the life of climbing and expeditions as a National Geographic Explorer; a life of traveling to exotic countries and remote desolate lands, all the while pushing the boundaries of climbing first ascents and grand adventures. If you step into our house, you might feel you are in some kind of museum with carvings, bones, paintings and rugs from around the world.Through growing and living in this environment, it’s only natural she wants to live a similar lifestyle. By the time she was 11, she had traveled with me to 15 countries and six continents, and became the youngest girl to do a ski expedition to Antarctica. But to Lilliana, her ultimate goal involves more than conquering new landscapes and surmounting great mountains, as she wants to combine the adventure with helping those in need.At just 11, she decided she wanted to try to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak and one of the world’s notorious “Seven Summits.”  She had learned through her research that there were many orphanages in need in the area.  Through a friend at The Human Outreach Project, we found an orphanage in Tanzania near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro called the Kilimanjaro Kids Community that was in desperate need of power, electricity and technology for education.Our plan was to first climb Kilimanjaro, then go to the orphanage and install new solar energy and computers. Through coordinated efforts with Dell and solar energy company, Goal Zero, we were able to deliver all the necessary solar panels, solar generators and Latitude laptops to bring sustainable energy to the orphanage and community. The experience at the African orphanage changed Lilliana’s life. When we returned from Africa, she immediately started researching others ways we could help the planet and people. It was her calling. You can enjoy a video of our experience here.In 2015 when earthquakes hit Nepal, it devastated the region, and Lillianna wanted to help.  In response to the catastrophe, we began figuring out what the problems were in Nepal and what resources they needed most.We reached out again to our friends at the Human Outreach Project, Goal Zero, and Dell, and started planning our expedition to deliver supplies and aid to the lower Solukhumbu Valley and Sagarmatha National Parks in Nepal.  While Goal Zero provided support and products for the solar energy needs, Dell, as part of its continued commitment to provide underserved youth with better access to technology, donated additional funding and Latitude laptops to help these communities rebuild.  We shipped most of the equipment, but also checked in over 30 bags of additional product for the local people, including thousands of socks, fleece hats, sleeping pads, eating utensils, tools – the list goes on.Our total journey involved trekking more than 80 miles, enduring altitude, rain, and humidity. We witnessed people still rebuilding stone buildings and walls from the earthquake last year, but it did not affect their warm treatment toward us with many greeting us with “Namaste” along the way.  We installed more than 5,000 pounds of solar panels and generators, along with internet modems and 20 Dell Latitude laptops at the schools, hospitals, dental clinics and community centers. Some of the most remote and in-need in the world.My daughter, Lilliana Libecki, said, “We were there to give the gift of joy and help better the quality of lives of the Nepalese people in general and that suffered from the Earthquake last year.  What I did not realize, is that it was me (us) that received the gift of joy by being able to help them.  They were so grateful, kind and humble.  This experience changed my life forever.  I am so inspired that I now just started my own nonprofit organization “The Joyineering Fund” to continue the humanitarian work. My daughter once again planted the seed for a huge humanitarian project that would enhance the quality of thousands of people’s lives.“In a world where we can be and do anything, be kind and do good.” – Lilliana Libecki, 13 years old, founder of the Joyineering Fund, a nonprofit humanitarian organization.&nbsp;</p><p>************National Geographic Explorer and Dell Rugged brand ambassador Mike Libecki has explored the most exotic and untouched places on planet seeking the most difficult climbs and first ascents that exist. Mike relies on Dell Rugged technology to perform in the harshest environments on the planet. He also does humanitarian expeditions that include bringing technology to remote cultures and people, including schools, orphanages and hospitals from Africa to Nepal. He is addicted to exploring the most mysterious and untouched areas on the planet. Mike has multiple first ascents and solo ascents on big rock walls and towers from Afghanistan to Antarctica on 70 expeditions and nearly 100 countries including notoriously risky and intensified environments. Mike is on track to achieve a life goal of 100 expeditions by the time he is 100 years old!last_img read more

Home Thoughts from Abroad at Mobile World Congress

first_imgTransformational Change and the Telecom IndustryHere at the annual gathering of telecom leaders at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I am struck by how the industry periodically goes through transformational step changes.These changes usually happen quite abruptly and are typically caused by shifts in usage patterns or the disruptive entry of a new business case when the priorities of yesterday may be rendered irrelevant. You only have to remember WhatsApp, and how almost overnight, it destroyed the SMS text business model. Of course, the industry has been evolving for years. We’ve moved from the remote sending of messages or voice communication by phone to today’s focus on connecting technology to people via devices, or the Cloud.Network VirtualisationLet me use an example that may feel more familiar. Telecom infrastructure (in terms of compute, storage and networking) used to be regarded as a purely physical thing. Something to be consumed by different types of applications. The industry traditionally built appliances with infrastructure, middleware and workloads. However, with the advent of NFV, workloads have now become virtualised, delivering greater flexibility, quicker time to market and smarter use of resources.Workload management with the Cloud and the EdgeWhile some companies were in a technology race to be first out of the gate with a virtualisation stack and other technologies, I am glad that the focus throughout has remained firmly on resources in the infrastructure, and more importantly, the box. With the introduction of Cloud on one side and Edge on the other, we are now seeing a new transformation. Workload management, in its various guises, is rightly becoming the focus for Telecom and NFV rather than worrying about what the workloads run on, or what stack is being used.Software-defined infrastructureAs a result, we are seeing the emergence of Software-defined Infrastructure (SDI) –  the concept of allocating bare metal resources in geographically distributed sites and grouping them together to manage in a virtual datacentre. The advantage of SDI is that it can place workloads in either private or public Clouds to maintain data integrity while increasing speed and efficiency.I think that this transformation is being driven by the fact that NFV is not moving towards the homogenous execution environment that was expected some years ago. Instead, it is moving in the opposite direction with more variants of virtualisation, like containers as well as the need for bare metal execution of workloads.  Added to this, we are also seeing an increased need to place workloads closer the end-user for latency purposes and to deliver a better user experience, as well as the movement of workloads towards the Cloud for scale and economy. This is all without changing the environment or redeploying the products. I think that this development is pretty remarkable.A software-defined futureIn fact, I believe that we might well be seeing the real emergence of a software-defined future, where flexibility is fulfilled by automation, orchestration, policy, analytics and reporting.  After all, a large share of the potential value coming from digitisation across global industries over the next decade is dependent on the telecom industry delivering productivity improvements. According to the 2017 World Economic Forum, the digital transformation of telecommunications represents a $2 trillion opportunity for industry and society.Interesting times ahead! I’d love to hear your comments, predictions and questions. Click here to read what my colleague, James Hole from Dell EMC OEM has to say on the role of specialist telecom companies.  Click here to read the views of our marketing lead for OEM Telecom solutions. Finally, if you’re at Mobile World Congress, we’d really love to meet you! Do visit our booth in Hall 3, Stand 3K10 where we are showcasing the following solutions:Edge SolutionsView the newly designed micro Modular Data Center (MDC) – debuting at Mobile World Congress – and learn how you can embed compute and storage capacity at the edge where data is being generated.Re-imagine the customer edge with new universal CPE platforms and SD-WAN Ready Node solutions.Core/Cloud SolutionsSee how you can bring the cloud to the network with our NFV solutions and Telco Cloud offerings.Experience Dell EMC’s larger MDC capabilities with a virtual and interactive tour. Put on a headset and be transported to one of our latest MDC designs, the Flex Module.View our open and flexible rack scale infrastructure, the DSS 9000, and see how Dell EMC is enabling NEBS-compliant rack scale solutions. IoT SolutionsSee how Dell EMC Isilon scale-out NAS and Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) solutions provide highly efficient edge-to-core-to-cloud storage with built-in analytics to unlock the value of your IoT data.Discover how Dell IoT Gateways transform Fleet Management by eliminating machine to machine telematics silos, for more cost savings; increased customer satisfaction and safety; and improved employee performance.Learn how Dell IoT is revolutionising the building services sector and facilities management by transforming high energy costs into savings with a powerful, integrated intelligent building solution.Learn more about Dell EMC OEMlast_img read more

Tensions rise as AstraZeneca, EU spar over vaccine delays

first_imgBRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and drugmaker AstraZeneca sparred Wednesday over a delay in coronavirus vaccine deliveries as the deepening dispute raises concerns about the increasing competition for limited supplies of shots needed to end the pandemic. AstraZeneca Chief Executive Pascal Soriot addressed the dispute for the first time, rejecting the EU’s assertion that the company was failing to honor its commitments. Soriot said vaccine delivery figures in AstraZeneca’s contract with the 27-nation bloc were targets, not firm commitments, and they couldn’t be met because of problems in rapidly expanding production capacity.last_img read more

Terri Lyne Carrington is the definition of Black Girl Magic.

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Revered jazz player Terri Lyne Carrington is cool, calm and collected, but her schedule? Crazy. At just 55, she’s earning the highest honor bestowed on jazz artists, the prestigious NEA Jazz Masters Award. She’s nominated at the Grammys for best instrumental jazz album — an award she won in 2014 and is the only woman to do so in the show’s 63-year history. She worked as a consultant on the hit Disney/Pixar animation “Soul,” making sure it portrayed the jazz world accurately. And she’s the founder of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice and has spent nearly 16 years teaching at the college.last_img read more

India heavily increases security at farmer protest sites

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities have heavily increased security at three main protest sites outside New Delhi’s border, adding iron spikes, steel barricades and hundreds of riot police in an attempt to stop tens of thousands of demonstrating farmers from entering the capital. The farmers are protesting against three new agriculture reform laws, which they say will favor large corporate farms, devastate the earnings of many farmers and leave those who hold small plots behind. The government says the laws are needed to modernize Indian farming. Last week, the farmers broke through barricades, clashed with police and stormed New Delhi’s 17th century Red Fort in a brief but dramatic takeover.last_img read more

Woman killed, 3 police wounded in hourslong standoff

first_imgHIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say three North Carolina police officers were shot and wounded by a man who barricaded himself in a home with a woman and two children in an hourslong standoff. High Point Police Chief Travis Stroud says the woman was found dead after Friday’s standoff. The children were uninjured, and the officers’ injuries were not life-threatening. Stroud says the standoff ended when the man fired at assisting officers from the Greensboro Police Department, and they returned fire, killing him. He identified the suspect as 34-year-old Josue Drumond-Cruz.last_img read more

Family selects Horizons for Youth as fund’s beneficiary

first_imgIn junior Declan Sullivan’s favorite movie “American Beauty,” a minor character said, “There’s nothing worse than being ordinary.” This line was a motto for Sullivan before his death one year ago today, and one his family remembered as they made plans to commemorate his life through the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund. Barry Sullivan, Declan’s father, said they wanted to use the fund for a cause that would be special to their son’s memory and their family. “We do want the memorial fund to be an ongoing memorial to Declan, a way to kind of keep his name alive,” Barry said. The Sullivans discussed a number of options for the fund and finally settled on Horizons for Youth, a Chicago organization that provides mentoring and tutoring for students in low-income families, as the primary beneficiary of the memorial fund. “We wanted to have something that was local and maybe something that we can get involved in ourselves, if not right away, maybe sometime down the road a little bit,” Barry said. Horizons for Youth works to give underprivileged students the ability to pursue a college education, he said. “Their mission is really to try to see that children from disadvantaged backgrounds get the kind of education and opportunities that people like me, my wife … have been able to enjoy,” Barry said. As part of the program, mentors help students with schoolwork and also take them on educational trips and work with them during the summer to ensure their academic skills are not lost over the break. The Sullivans also set up an annual fundraiser to benefit the memorial fund and the Horizons for Youth Program. Barry said the event, “No Ordinary Evening,” will be a night of dancing, drinks and auctions to celebrate Declan’s life, and will take place April 28 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. The title of the evening is another reference to Sullivan’s favorite movie quote and his unique spirit. “That was kind of Declan’s mantra, to be anything but [ordinary],” Barry said. “So we kind of came up with that name with that quote in mind.” In commemoration of the one-year anniversary of Sullivan’s death, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced in a press release he will write to members of the Notre Dame family, inviting them to contribute to the memorial fund. Notre Dame also announced an endowed scholarship, separate from the family’s fund, which will assist students with financial need who demonstrated traits similar to those that made Sullivan original. Barry hopes this scholarship, which is set to exist for years to come, will be his son’s legacy at Notre Dame. “Legacy is an interesting word … the idea of students of alumni returning to their parents’ alma mater as legacies,” Barry said. “Declan, he won’t have that kind of legacy.” But Barry said the students who the scholarship assist could serve to keep Sullivan’s memory alive at Notre Dame. “Let this be Declan’s legacy.”last_img read more

Archivist documents life of St. Mary’s alum

first_imgSaint Mary’s students had a unique chance to learn about their school’s history from College archivist John Kovach on Monday. Students gathered in the Student Center Lounge to hear Kovach speak while viewing images of past life at Saint Mary’s College.  Photos of old uniforms and boating events on Lake Marian populated the collection. The panels of pictures, stories and poems in the exhibit centered on the life of a 1916 alumna, Dympna Balbach. During his lecture, Kovach described the life of Balbach through the photographs. “These photos tell a very interesting story about a woman that was always very close to Saint Mary’s,” Kovach said. Balbach attended Saint Mary’s to receive both her high school and college education, majoring in music. She had neither a career nor a husband after graduation. For a consecutive 55 years after her graduation, Balbach attended every year’s class reunion, meeting with up old friends and visiting the campus. Because she came to campus so often, the archives had several photos of Balbach and her friends throughout the years. Three days after the 1972 reunion, Balbach died at Saint Joseph Hospital in South Bend. Her will was discovered and she had left her entire estate, valued at more than $1 million, to Saint Mary’s. Balbach’s contribution was the College’s first donation over $1 million. The stories of other alumnae can also be found in Saint Mary’s archives. One 1877 graduate went on to not only perform in Le Opera, but to also become a very influential opera columnist in a Chicago paper. Another graduate became an independent nurse during World War I, and afterward traveled to Algeria, Kovach said. “I’m continually finding new and interesting things,” Kovach said. This exploration of Saint Mary’s history was made possible by the Student Government Association as part of Heritage Week. Other Heritage Week events include the Riedinger Tea, the Heritage Dinner, a scavenger hunt and S’mores with Sisters.last_img read more

A new method of travel

first_imgIFRANE, Morocco – While studying abroad last semester, I was introduced to a new form of transportation: camels. My classmates and I traveled to the town of Erfoud in the Tafilalt Oasis on Nov. 16. We went on historical tours, visited a fossil museum, attended Quran recitations and, my favorite part of the weekend, took a sunrise camel ride into the Sahara Desert. Although we had to wake up at 3 a.m. to catch the caravans into the dunes, the experience of riding a camel into the desert as the sun rose in the distance was unforgettable. There are few words that can describe the beauty of the desert. The landscape looked artificial, but I was quickly shaken into reality when I hopped onto the shaky, two-humped camel. Camels are definitely an interesting form of transportation, but they are not the most comfortable. I think I’ll stick with trains, buses, planes and cars. The Tafilalt Oasis is the second largest oasis in North Africa, behind the Nile Valley. It is manmade and said to date back to the Paleolithic Age. Because of its age, it is considered the best place to buy fossils in Morocco. In fact, the owner of the local fossil museum, Ibrahim Tahiri, is the main exporter of fossils from the Moroccan desert to Europe and North America. The fossil museum was not the only history Erfoud had to offer. Our professor, who organized the trip, arranged a tour of the Qasr al-Fada, a palace complex built by prince Moulay Abd al-Rahman in the early 19th century. Today, curators and descendants of the prince’s slaves still live in the parts of the complex that are not open for public viewing. The weekend reminded me how true and genuine Moroccan hospitality can be. We traveled to many small villages within the Oasis. Each time we walked through the gates of a new town, we were welcomed with Moroccan mint tea and an array of nuts. Our group consisted of approximately 25 people, but Moroccan men and women welcomed us into their homes as if we were old friends. This hospitality continued throughout the weekend when we were received at two different Zawiyahs, places of prayer and retreat. Not only did the people there welcome us as honorary guests, but they also provided us with entertainment, Quran recitations and tasty Moroccan tagine, a type of stew. My favorite part of the evening was the Quran recitations. Although I don’t know Arabic, listening to the men sing the verses was surreal. The verses became more upbeat as the evening progressed, and the musicians even broke out some drums. Islam is sometimes perceived negatively in the Western world, but I was able to witness a side of the religion that is rarely shared with the wider public. Contact Kaitlyn Rabach at krabac01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

College finishes construction

first_imgAfter five years of construction, $8,570,000 worth of renovations on Saint Mary’s Madeleva Hall were completed in time for the 2013-2014 school year, director of energy management Ben Bowman said.  The renovations, which began in 2008, were composed of three project phases: the interior gutting, east and west side landscape changes and the window project. “We first began by gutting the entire interior of the building,” Bowman said. “We remodeled everything, took out all of the interior walls and even took out the mechanical system. That system includes heating, air conditioning, plumbing and ventilation.” This first phase of the project cost the College $7,000,0000 and was the first remodeling effort done to the building since it was built in 1967, Bowman said. This phase of the project was completed in 2009. “The building was due for a remodeling,” College President Carol Ann Mooney said. “It is now a very different building than it was and is better able to serve faculty and students.”  The second phase of the project began in 2010 and started with the remodeling of the west side landscape, Bowman said. “We really revamped the landscape outside of the building during this phase of the project,” he said. “During the west side remodeling, we worked to meet the standard requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.”   Work on the east side landscape began in 2011, Bowman said. “This is when we created the outdoor education space that has the labyrinth out there,” Bowman said. “This is a great place for students to meet. I even know of some math professors who roll white boards out there and teach class outdoors.” Bowman said the last phase of the project began in 2012 with the start of the window replacement. “Madeleva is 70,000 square feet, and approximately 50 percent of the building is composed of glass or windows,” Bowman said. “Therefore, it is important that these windows provide good insulation.” Before the window replacement, Bowman said the windows blocked only 40 percent of the sun’s heat.  “The original windows were single-paned,” Bowman said. “During the summer, you could feel the heat radiating off of the windows while standing inside, and in the winter, frost would formulate on the inside.”  With the installation of double-paned windows, Bowman said the College saves anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of energy costs.  “The new windows we went with are one-inch and double-pane insulated with two sheets of glass,” Bowman said. “It blocks 90 percent of the heat gain, so on the inside you only feel 10 percent of the sun’s heat coming into the space, reducing the energy for heating and cooling in the building. Essentially, the building is more eco-friendly.”  Bowman said the window project marked the finish of the five-year renovations, but the department is looking to renovate the north side landscape of the Hall. “The only side we didn’t touch is the north side of Madeleva,” Bowman said. “What we are looking at now is renovating this space into what would be called Sr. Madeleva Gardens. We currently have a dedication for her at this entrance and it would be nice for this dedication to extend outside.” Bowman said he has been working with grounds services to draw up visions for the garden, but as of now, these plans are only potential donor opportunities. “We have a strict policy of not starting construction projects until we have raised the money,” Mooney said. “That is the reason we won’t have any major visible construction projects on campus during this school year.”  Contact Kaitlyn Rabach at krabac01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more